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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04, Mar 2015 - Bradley, AR One Group Searches For New Way to Serve Mentally Ill Inmates
A bill in the Senate that would create a new drug court fee for treatment purposes was withdrawn last Thursday after governor Asa Hutchinson requested that it be part of a broader bill. Senate Bill 148 was sponsored by a group of Northwest Arkansas state lawmakers and will be put word for word into a bill on prisons, parole and probation. According to The Department of Justice, about 3,500 ...
04, Mar 2015 - Little Rock, AR Arkansas Supreme Court Asks Lawyers Which Justices Should Decide Gay Marriage Case
The Arkansas Supreme Court wants lawyers in a gay-marriage case to tell it which justices they believe should decide the issue.
04, Mar 2015 - Little Rock, AR Plaintiffs argue for no new oral arguments, lift of stay in gay marriage case
LITTLE ROCK — The plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ ban on gay marriage said Tuesday in a court filing they can find no authority to cite in support of their position against new oral arguments because the issue has not come up before.
04, Mar 2015 - Benton, AR Bills on prisons, highways on tap in session’s seventh week
LITTLE ROCK — Measures to address prison overcrowding and increase funding for highways are on tap as Arkansas’ legislative session enters its seventh week.
04, Mar 2015 - Same-Sex Couples Married in Arkansas File Complaint for Benefits, Recognition
Two same-sex couples are asking a circuit judge to declare that same-sex marriage licenses issued in Arkansas in May 2014 will be recognized and benefits afforded to those couples.
04, Mar 2015 - Little Rock, AR Should judges be elected? Proposal filed to change it for Supreme Court
The Pulaski County Bar Association will hold a timely discussion at its meeting Friday at the Clinton Library. Former Supreme Court Justice Robert Brown and Jesse Rutledge , vice president for external affairs for the National Center for State Courts, will discuss the pros and cons of Arkansas's current system of choosing judges — by election. The 2014 elections saw an unprecedented amount of ...
03, Mar 2015 - Arkansas lawyers file class action against Walmart, others, over herbal products: UPDATE
Lawyers in Little Rock and Fayetteville have filed federal suit in the Western District against Walmart, Target and Walgreens stores for selling herbal products that an investigation in New York discovered contained little or none of the ingredients advertised on the bottle. Herbal products named in the Arkansas suits are Spring Valley Echinacea, Spring Valley St. John's Wort, Spring Valley ...
03, Mar 2015 - Sebastian, AR Convicted Child Molester Remains Incarcerated Despite Appeals Court Decision
The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday vacated the 10-year sentence a convicted sex offender received when a Sebastian County Circuit Court Judge revoked the man’s suspended sentence in a 1995 case.
03, Mar 2015 - Arkansas, AR Arkansas Senate Committee Backs Prison Overhaul Bill
A key component of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to overhaul the state prison system and reduce an inmate backlog received bipartisan support from a Senate committee Wednesday.
03, Mar 2015 - The coal industry's attorney general: Leslie Rutledge and others
Trapped by snow. Take a minute and read Ernest Dumas' column this week. It explains who Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is really representing when she fights EPA clean air rules — railroads and coal miners . Dumas explains the history of regulation of coal-burning power plants — Arkansas is home to two of the dirtiest — and also explains why fixing them or looking for alternative energy ...
03, Mar 2015 - Little Rock, AR Same-sex sides told to make case
LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday directed attorneys to provide legal justification for their stances on whether the court should grant a second round of arguments in a pending same-sex marriage case.
03, Mar 2015 - Walmart, Target, Walgreens sued
New York tests of herbal products prompts Arkansas suit. by Leslie Newell Peacock Lawyers in Little Rock and Rogers have filed suit in the Western District federal court in Fayetteville against Walmart, Target and Walgreens stores for selling herbal products that an investigation in New York discovered contained little or none of the ingredients advertised on the bottle. Herbal products named in ...
03, Mar 2015 - George Wallace move over: Alabama Supreme Court tells federal judges to stuff it
Extraordinary times. With only one dissent, the Alabama Supreme Court in a highly irregular proceeding has issued a 150-page order directing Alabama court officials not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, no matter what a federal court has ruled. Really. This is a bad moment to be giving the Arkansas Supreme Court ideas. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
03, Mar 2015 - AR Atty Gen. Backs Ruling Blocking Obama Immigration Changes
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Texas U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction halting the Obama Administration’s November 2014 unilateral action on immigration. Arkansas is part of a 26-state coalition fighting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s deferred action program, and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is applauding the decision. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ...
03, Mar 2015 - Lee, AR Letter: Sen. Cotton’s True Character Revealed By Guantanamo Remarks
Now that Mr. Cotton has spoken publicly of his true feelings about those imprisoned without trial for so many years at Guantanamo, perhaps the people who voted for him will begin to realize what sort of person they have sent to the Senate for the next six years. Sad that Arkansas voters pay so little attention to what candidates really stand for.
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