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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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21, Aug 2014 - Officials ask courts to suspend gay marriage case
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas officials asked a federal judge and the state Supreme Court Wednesday to suspend lawsuits challenging the state's gay marriage ban while a similar case is pending before the nation's highest court.
21, Aug 2014 - Judge who made improper Internet comments agrees to removal from office
LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas judge who admitted posting improper comments on an Internet forum has agreed to be removed from office at the end of the year and never again serve as a judge in Arkansas.
21, Aug 2014 - Carroll, AR Texan Pleads Guilty To Kidnapping Arkansas Man, Taking Him to Lake Providence
A Texan pleaded guilty to his part in kidnapping an Arkansas man and lying to an FBI agent, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Tuesday.
21, Aug 2014 - ACLU Asks Court to Uphold Arkansas Voter ID Ruling
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas asked the state's highest court on Monday to uphold a judge's ruling that found Arkansas' new voter identification law unconstitutional.
21, Aug 2014 - Van Buren, AR Pleas - Aug. 16, 2014
• Jonathan David Parker, 37, of Bentonville pleaded guilty to theft of property and habitual offender and was sentenced to three years in the Arkansas Department of Correction to be followed by a seven-year suspended prison sentence. Parker was banned from Walmart and given credit for time served.
21, Aug 2014 - UA Student Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter In Deadly Boat Crash
DELAWARE COUNTY, OKLA. (KFSM) – The University of Arkansas student who drove drunk in a boat crash that killed two classmates last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of first-degree manslaughter, according to his attorney. John Stuart DeSelms is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 29. He may receive between four years and life in […]
21, Aug 2014 - Nucor Sues to Halt $1.3 Billion Arkansas Steel Mill
Pollutants from the planned mill would harm the air quality in Arkansas’ Mississippi County, including at a Nucor facility there, according to a 50-page complaint filed Aug. 7 in federal court in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
20, Aug 2014 - Arkansas, AR ADC maintains presence while hunting escapee
It has been two months since convicted murderer Tim “Bo” Buffington escaped from prison in Pine Bluff and although the search has been scaled back, the Arkansas Department of Correction has maintained a presence in the Booneville area.
20, Aug 2014 - Hempstead, AR Prison plan backed; candidate inquires on election
A proposal to present a regional plan for construction of a new prison unit in Southwest Arkansas won support here Tuesday night from the Hope City Board of Directors; and, the board heard from a candidate for city board who inquired about her eligibility after learning she did not live within the city limits of Hope.
20, Aug 2014 - Judge Certifies Class Action Lawsuit over Exxon Pipeline Break
On Tuesday, an Arkansas federal judge certified a class of landowners in a lawsuit filed against Exxon Mobil Corp. The lawsuit was filed over a Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in 2012, spilling over 19,000 barrels. According to Law 360, the … Continue reading →
20, Aug 2014 - El Dorado Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Child Pornography
Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Shannon Ross Griffin, 45, of El Dorado, was sentenced today to 180 months in prison followed by supervised release for life for Receiving Images of Child Pornography.
20, Aug 2014 - Eureka Springs, AR Hundreds turn out for Big Gay Wedding Reception in Eureka Springs
Kat Robinson reports that several hundred were on hand Saturday in Eureka Springs for the Big Gay Wedding Reception thrown to honor those who became the first same-sex couples to marry in Arkansas when Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's marriage equality ruling was briefly in force. Grav Weldon was on hand to take pictures and you can see them on his Instagram page . Guests of honor were Kristen ...
20, Aug 2014 - Little Rock, AR Plaintiffs seek recusal of some justices in same-sex marriage case
LITTLE ROCK — A group of same-sex couples who challenged Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage argued Monday that members of the state Supreme Court who plan to seek re-election should recuse from hearing an appeal in the case.
20, Aug 2014 - Baxter, AR Arkansas man gets 20 years for child rape
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) - A Baxter County judge has sentenced a Cotter man to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl. The Baxter Bulletin ( http://bit.ly/1jYlt9x ) reports 63-year-old William Bardin was sentenced Thursday.
20, Aug 2014 - Driver, AR Voter fraud numbers: 31 faked IDs among 1 billion votes
Fans of Arkansas's voter-identification law and similar laws in other states should pay homage to a Tulane University professor who rounded up all the evidence of why such laws are needed, which has been lacking in legislative debates and in courts where the laws are challenged. by Ernest Dumas Fans of Arkansas's voter-identification law and similar laws in other states should pay homage to a ...
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