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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28, Jul 2014 - More tension in Arkansas Supreme Court chambers: Desire reported for lie detector tests to find lea
The legal community continues to buzz with rumors of tension at the Arkansas Supreme Court. I've written here about numerous reports from well-placed sources on a split on the court regarding the selection of the new Supreme Court clerk and also of the emergence of a robust bloc of decision-makers in the persons of the female justices — Courtney Goodson, who plans a run for chief justice in 2016 ...
28, Jul 2014 - Wal-Mart Bribery Case Creeps Along in Court
A U.S. District Court judge in Arkansas ruled last month that a lawsuit filed in 2012 against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its directors over allegations of bribery in Mexico can move forward.
27, Jul 2014 - Secretary of State files motion in Voter ID Case
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorneys representing Secretary of State Mark Martin argue that a Pulaski County judge didn't follow proper guidelines when he found Arkansas' new voter ID law as unconstitutional.
27, Jul 2014 - Lawmakers OK insurance, lotto, prisons bills
ANDREW DeMILLOAssociated PressLITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers have wrapped up this week's special session, sending to the governor's desk bills to address teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and new limits on the lottery.The House and Senate gave final approval to a package of bills addressing the three issues shortly after midnight Wednesday. The votes allowed the ...
27, Jul 2014 - Conway, AR Prison officials to talk overcrowding
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas corrections officials are talking about prison overcrowding with lawmakers, just a couple weeks after the Legislature approved additional money aimed at opening more beds for state inmates.
27, Jul 2014 - US judge asked to strike gay marriage ban
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Attorneys for two same-sex couples asked a federal judge Wednesday to strike down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, as they tried to speed up the case while the ban's constitutionality...
27, Jul 2014 - Russellville, AR Gibson resigns from ARVAC
Arkansas River Valley Area Council (ARVAC) Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson from his board of director position during its meeting on June 23. Gibson s...
27, Jul 2014 - Arkansas requires cosmetology licenses for hair braiders and bans dental specialists from doing bas
The Institute for Justice is challenging the state regulations in court. by David Ramsey Last month, at a press conference at her shop on West Markham, Christine McLean braided Nivea Earl's hair. Because McLean is not a licensed cosmetologist, doing this simple act for compensation violates Arkansas law. "One of the more amusing forms of civil disobedience," said J. Justin Wilson, spokesman for ...
27, Jul 2014 - Employer liable for liquidated damages because of FMLA retaliation
(7/22) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit--which covers Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota—recently held that a federal district court erred by not awarding an employee liquidated damages on his FMLA retaliation claim, and it doubled his jury award.
27, Jul 2014 - Miller, AR Jury gives former death-row inmate life sentence
TEXARKANA — A former death-row inmate has been sentenced to life in prison after the Arkansas Supreme Court overturned his death sentence more than two years ago.
27, Jul 2014 - Searcy, AR Suspect's lawyers want names of police informants
ARKADELPHIA — Attorneys for a man accused of killing two Arkansas girls and their stepfather say they want the names of the people who helped police in their investigation.
27, Jul 2014 - 2 couples press for federal ruling
Two months after a state-court judge invalidated Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban, two same-sex couples asked a federal judge in Little Rock to issue a similar ruling in their pending federal lawsuit.
27, Jul 2014 - Russellville, AR Pleas - July 19, 2014
• Timothy Jeffcoat, 32, of Russellville pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery and was sentenced to two years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with eight years suspended.
27, Jul 2014 - Conflicting opinons on Affordable Care Act
UPDATE: Here are two separate judicial decisions. One is judicial activism, but conservatives will love it. * A WIN FOR ACTIVISM : A D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals panel has ruled 2-1 (two Republicans in the majority) that participants in federally operated health insurance exchanges in 36 states cannot qualify for federal subsidies. These are the states, including Arkansas , that didn't set up ...
27, Jul 2014 - Mother who killed daughter and left remains in storage unit sentenced
A woman who killed her infant daughter in California and dumped her remains in an Arkansas storage unit was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in state prison.
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