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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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22, Nov 2014 - Arkansas, AR 4 draw prison terms in federal drug cases
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas announced Friday the sentencing of four Arkansas men for unrelated drug-trafficking charges.
22, Nov 2014 - Sharp, AR Cotton hints at specific GOP spending bill tactic to counter Obama executive action
Arkansas Sen.-elect Tom Cotton hinted on Sunday at exactly what he and fellow Republicans might do in response to President Obama's vow to use executive action on immigration reform -- selectively block his spending like they did on the Guantanamo Bay prison issue.
22, Nov 2014 - Faulkner, AR Arkansas governor to pardon sex-crime offender
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - One of the 25 people that Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe plans to pardon is a convicted sex offender who has close ties to the Beebe family. Beebe is planning to pardon 34-year-old Michael Jackson, who is a friend of his son, the Arkansas ...
22, Nov 2014 - Arkansas, AR Private prisons at the root of a scandal in Mississippi
Clip and save for the future discussions as some Arkansas legislators , notably Sen. Eddie Joe Williams, push to outsource prison operation to private companies: In Mississippi, the shift to private prisons — pushed there, too, by Republicans wanting to reduce prison costs — has been a disaster. Lawsuits, indictments and poor treatment of inmates. The New York Times reports. [ Subscribe to the ...
22, Nov 2014 - The end of the road for Ted Suhl's Lord's Ranch?
A momentous ruling came after the close of business yesterday from federal Judge Kristine Baker. She declined to issue an injunction to stop Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid payments to two corporations that provide mental health services to youths. The companies are Trinity Behavioral Health Care and Maxus. Their owner, Ted Suhl, has been implicated in bribing a former state official to get ...
22, Nov 2014 - Johnson, AR Inmate sentenced to death for stabbing guard
MARIANNA, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas inmate already serving life in prison has been sentenced to the death penalty in the stabbing death of a correctional officer.
22, Nov 2014 - Bradley, AR Opposition to private prisons in Arkansas
A group that advocates rehabilitation of people convicted of crimes has issued a statement blasting moves to have Arkansas again try private contractors to house prison inmates. Sen. Eddie Joe Williams arranged an unofficial legislative visit last week with a Louisiana private prison operator, LaSalle , at the Wrightsville unit . The rehabilitation advocate, Arkansas Cure , says it's a bad idea ...
22, Nov 2014 - Ruling upholds Medicaid cutoff
A federal judge Friday ruled in favor of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, allowing the agency to cut off Medicaid payments to two companies suspended from the program because their owner has been accused of bribing a former state official.
21, Nov 2014 - Craighead, AR Local man pleads guilty to computer child porn, gets two years in prison
A Craighead County judge accepted the guilty plea of a man charged with computer child pornography, according to court records filed in the Arkansas Office of the Courts.
21, Nov 2014 - Arkansas, AR Group seeks cheaper in-state phone rates, charges for prisoners
Arkansas Department of Correction says that the commissions paid to the agency by prison phone providers pay for crucial monitoring. by David Koon A local group that advocates for inmates and their families has submitted a petition to the Arkansas Board of Correction, asking it to follow the lead of the Federal Communications Commission in reducing the rates and fees charged to inmates making ...
21, 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.
21, Nov 2014 - Where Arkansas gay marriage cases go from here
LITTLE ROCK — Judges in two Arkansas courtrooms are reviewing challenges to the state's gay-marriage ban, but it's possible such unions could still come to Arkansas by other means.
21, Nov 2014 - Little Rock, AR Lawmakers begin filing bills for 2015 session
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers moved to clarify new ethics rules contained in a constitutional amendment and to make a renewed attempt at writing court rules Monday as they began filin...
21, Nov 2014 - AR Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Marriage Ban Arguments
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Justices with the Arkansas Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on whether to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The Arkansas Attorney General's office argued Amendment 83 should remain in place because it reflects the will of the majority of Arkansas voters. "This case is about change," Deputy Attorney General Colin Jorgensen said. "It's about who decides whether ...
21, Nov 2014 - Little Rock, AR Web Extra: Arkansas Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on State's Marriage Amendment
Justices hear from both sides in the case after a lower court judge ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and opponents appealed.
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