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 (https://courts.arkansas.gov/) 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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15, Mar 2015 - Springdale, AR Man said driving 75 mph in fatality
FAYETTEVILLE -- The black box in a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe recorded the vehicle going about 75 mph when it rolled, ejecting and killing a passenger, an Arkansas State Police trooper testified Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of a Springdale man.
05, Mar 2015 - Ashley, AR State agency notes two inmate deaths
An Arkansas Department of Correction inmate died Monday at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit in Malvern, a prison spokesman said Tuesday.
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.
12, Oct 2014 - Arkansas, AR Justices Skeptical Of Beard Rule In Inmate Religious Rights Case
The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of an Arkansas prisoner who says he must be allowed to wear a beard as part of his religious practice.
12, Oct 2014 - Cove, AR Exxon’s Attempt to De-Certify Class Action Lawsuit is Countered
Exxon Mobil’s attempt to de-certify the class action status of a couple’s lawsuit should be denied, the couple’s attorney argued. According to Arkansas Democrat Gazette, a federal judge granted class action status to the lawsuit, which was filed over an … Continue reading →
12, Oct 2014 - Union, AR Arkansas Inmate's Beard at Center of U.S. Supreme Court Case
(CNN) - An Arkansas inmate seeks to exercise what he says is a key tenet of his faith, but corrections officials cite security concerns in their refusal to accommodate. The issue comes down to a half-inch beard, and this claim of religious liberty within prison walls will now be debated by the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices will kick off the first week of their new term with a one-hour oral ...
12, Oct 2014 - Muslim inmate's right to keep short beard seems to unite Supreme Court often split on religion
Attorney Douglas Laycock, center, speaks with reporters after his argument before the Supreme Court on behalf of an Arkansas prison inmate who says his Muslim beliefs that require him to grow a beard are being violated by prison rules that prevent beards, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Washington.
12, Oct 2014 - Why Walmart (WMT) Stock Is Down Today
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Walmart are down 0.61% to $76 in pre-market trade after it was reported that the retailerawas ordered by a federal judge in Arkansasato face a pension fund's claims the company defrauded shareholders by concealing corruption tied to bribes allegedly paid by officials of its Mexican unit, Bloomberg reports. U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey in Fayetteville ...
12, Oct 2014 - Could Voter ID decide the Senate race in Arkansas?
Trip Gabriel in the New York Times reports on the possibility that new laws restricting access to voting could impact turnout, which could be trouble for Democrats in tight races. That includes the race in Arkansas, where a challenge to the Voter ID law is pending before the Arkansas Supreme Court. Gabriel reports: Just weeks before elections that will decide control of the Senate and crucial ...
12, Oct 2014 - Arkansas, AR Justices signal support for Muslim inmate's beard
This undated photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows prison inmate Gregory Holt. On Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case of Holt, who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a half-inch beard.
12, Oct 2014 - Union, AR Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Grow Beards?
An Arkansas inmate seeks to exercise what he says is a key tenet of his faith, but corrections officials cite security concerns in their refusal to accommodate. The issue comes down to a half-inch beard, and this claim of religious liberty within prison walls will now be debated by the Supreme Court. The justices will […]
12, Oct 2014 - Hempstead, AR Judges oppose liquor issue
The County Judges Association of Arkansas has gone on record opposing the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
12, Oct 2014 - Van Buren, AR Pleas from Sept. 26, 2014
• Derek William Eisman, 26, of Van Buren pleaded guilty to delivery of methamphetamine, second-degree battery on a law enforcement officer, theft of property - firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and habitual offender and was sentenced to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction to be followed by a 15-year suspended prison sentence on the condition he pay $250 restitution and $125 ...
12, Oct 2014 - Federal Prosecutorial Ethics
Arkansas businessman, John Stacks, is about to stand trial in federal court. Mr. Stacks is attacking the charges and the conduct of the government agents. Prosecutors don’t like what he’s been saying and asked a judge to squelch their target’s ‘false allegations.’
12, Oct 2014 - Little Rock, AR State Supreme Court hears oral arguments in voter ID case
LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas judge erred when he struck down Arkansas’ voter identification law, an official with Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office argued Thursday before the Arkansas Supreme Court.
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