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 - 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 US top court weighs whether Muslim inmate can grow beard
Washington (AFP) - The US Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed whether Arkansas prison authorities can prevent inmates from growing beards over fears they might smuggle weapons or other items in their facial hair.
12, Oct 2014 - Prison’s No-Beard Rule Doubted in Top Court Religion Case
The U.S. Supreme Court, hearing a religious-liberties dispute, questioned whether Arkansas prison officials can bar a fundamentalist Muslim inmate from growing a half-inch beard.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Man convicted of murder faces new charges in Missouri
An Arkansas man, who was sentenced in 2011 for the murder of another man, now faces charges out of Missouri for the same crime, according to Dunklin County Prosecutor Stephen Sokoloff.
12, Oct 2014 - Couples ask Arkansas court to strike marriage ban
LITTLE ROCK — Attorneys for gay couples challenging Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban told the state's highest court on Tuesday that the U.S. Supreme Court signaled it agrees with their argument that such prohibitions are unconstitutional by declining to take up similar cases.
12, Oct 2014 - Same-Sex Couples Ask Arkansas Supreme Court To Strike Gay Marriage Ban
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court should uphold a circuit judge’s ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a group of same-sex Arkansas couples argued Tuesday in a filing with the state Supreme Court.
12, Oct 2014 - Union, AR Supreme Court takes up prisoner's religious right to grow a beard
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.
12, Oct 2014 - Union, AR Justices to debate prisoner’s religious right to grow a beard
(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 Supreme Court. The […]
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