Courts in Arkansas
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Each of Arkansas's 75 counties has at least one circuit court. Arkansas's circuit courts hear criminal, civil, domestic violence, juvenile, and probate matters. Arkansas's district courts hear smaller-value civil cases and criminal misdemeanors. There are also two branches of the Arkansas appellate court system – the Court of Appeals, and the Arkansas Supreme Court. Some Arkansas cities also have municipal (city) courts which mainly handle violations of city ordinances.
If you're looking for Arkansas public court records, the state's CourtConnect service will provide you with basic case information and a list of case activity based on a search of party name or case number. This online database includes a limited number of counties, but additional counties are being added. Although most Arkansas court records can't be viewed online, the majority are considered public record and are available for inspection and copying. As policies vary, contact the Arkansas clerk of courts office for your county if you're seeking court records in Arkansas. The Arkansas Judiciary's website ( also provides several helpful links where you can search for a wide variety of information including Supreme Court opinions and current Supreme Court cases, court rules, criminal justice agency contact information, and Arkansas laws.
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27, Nov 2014 - Local Attorney Explains AR Same Sex Marriage Ruling
A federal judge ruled late Tuesday afternoon that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, but for now, same-sex marriage licenses will not be issued in Arkansas. US District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Amendment 83, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, violates the equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Baker also put a hold on ...
26, Nov 2014 - Arkansas, AR Arkansas inmate dies at maximum-security unit
GRADY — Arkansas prison officials say an inmate at a maximum-security unit has died of an apparent suicide.
26, Nov 2014 - Gay marriage bans in Arkansas, Mississippi stuck down by federal judges, both pending appeals
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two U.S. states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals.
26, Nov 2014 - Garland, AR Arkansas Woman Convicted Of Child Porn, Bestiality
LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) – A Hot Springs woman arrested last year by agents from the Attorney General’s Office pleaded guilty on Nov. 18 to multiple felony child pornography charges, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced. Amanda Desaray Hartle, 34, of Hot Springs pleaded guilty to five counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit […]
26, Nov 2014 - Gay Marriage OK in Ark., Mississippi: Judges
A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Arkansas’ same-sex marriage ban, meaning it could become the 36th state to allow gays and lesbians to wed.
26, Nov 2014 - Mississippi, Arkansas same-sex marriage bans fall (UPDATED)
UPDATED Wednesday 12:11 a.m. The wave of federal court rulings against state bans on same-sex marriage swept into the Deep South on Tuesday, as a federal judge in Jackson, Miss., struck down that state’s prohibition. In a fervent defense of the role of the courts in protecting individual rights against majority voter sentiment, and a lengthy […]
26, Nov 2014 - Family Council holds rally to "send message" to Ark Supreme Court
LITTLE ROCK - Family Council says it will hold a rally on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol building Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., on the eve of the state supreme court hearing arguments on the Arkansas Marriage Amendment.
26, Nov 2014 - Volokh Conspiracy: Mississippi and Arkansas district courts strike down state marriage exclusions
The Sixth Circuit's rejection of constitutional claims for gay marriage is not being followed, and a district court finds animus in the Mississippi marriage ban.
26, Nov 2014 - Same-sex marriage bans in Mississippi, Arkansas overturned
Arkansas and Mississippi on Tuesday became the latest states to have same-sex marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals.
26, Nov 2014 - U.S. judges overturn gay marriage bans in Arkansas, Mississippi
By Steve Barnes and Emily Le Coz LITTLE ROCK, Ark./JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - U.S. district judges on Tuesday struck down as unconstitutional same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi, separately overturning measures that voters approved a decade ago in both socially conservative Southern states. Judges Kristine Baker in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Carlton Reeves in Jackson, Mississippi ...
26, Nov 2014 - 13 Capital Murder Suspects Awaiting Trial In Northwest Arkansas
(KFSM)- Currently, there are 13 capital murder suspects awaiting trial in Washington and Benton counties. A capital murder conviction is punishable by death. The capital murder suspects awaiting trial in Washington County are: Stephen Scott Scott is one of three suspects accused in the stabbing death of Gustavo Ortiz-Espinosa on Sept. 6 at the Econo […]
26, Nov 2014 - Pine Bluff, AR Trial set for man charged in NW Arkansas girl's death
A trial date has been set for next year for a northwest Arkansas man charged in the death of a 6-year-old girl.
26, Nov 2014 - Pulaski, AR Prosecutor Releases New Details In Central Arkansas Realtor Murder
LITTLE ROCK (KFSM)- Authorities have released the court documents detailing the arrests of two people charged in the death of central Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter in September. Arron Lewis and his estranged wife Crystal Lowery were formally charged Monday (Nov. 24). Lewis was charged with capital murder, kidnapping and felon in possession of a firearm. […]
26, Nov 2014 - Mississippi's gay marriage ban falls just hours after Arkansas's
Federal judges in Arkansas and Mississippi have struck down state bans on same-sex marriage. In both states, the rulings are stayed pending appeal.
26, Nov 2014 - Pope, AR Arrest Warrant Issued For Suspected Russellville “Peeping Tom”
RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) – An arrest warrant has been issued for a Pope County man accused of watching women in tanning booths, police say. On Oct. 25 at 3:07 p.m., an officer responded to a call concerning voyeurism. The victim told authorities she was at Planet Fitness at 405 N. Arkansas Ave. when the incident occurred, […]
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