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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02, Mar 2015 - Washington, AR Tom Cotton On Detaining Terrorists: "Every Last One Of Them Can Rot In Hell"
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) delivered strong comments Thursday on the issue of detaining terrorists and closing Guantanamo Bay, saying  "every last one of them can rot in Hell." Cotton said closing the prison is a political issue, not necessarily about what's best for national security. He posted this video on his YouTube channel Thursday.
02, Mar 2015 - Craighead, AR Sheriff approves of governor's prison plan
Governor Asa Hutchinson proposed a new plan Wednesday that would attempt to tackle the issue of overcrowding in Arkansas prisons that one local sheriff is in favor of.
02, Mar 2015 - Washington, AR Arkansas bars expanding local protections for gays, lesbians
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02, Mar 2015 - Arkansas justices ask for higher raises for Supreme Court
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Two members of the Arkansas Supreme Court are urging a panel reviewing elected officials' salaries to give justices a higher pay raise than what's initially been recommended.
02, Mar 2015 - Osceola, AR Senate panel advances bill to end death penalty in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK — A bill to abolish the death penalty in Arkansas received a “do pass” recommendation Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
02, Mar 2015 - Osceola, AR Arkansas panel OKs eliminating death sentence as penalty
LITTLE ROCK— A proposal to abolish Arkansas' death penalty is heading to the state Senate.
02, Mar 2015 - Judge in Nebraska strikes down another same-sex marriage ban
A federal judge in Nebraska has struck down that state's same-sex marriage ban effective next Monday. This is in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with Arkansas. It is also a state where a case over the ban — though it was decided largely on procedural grounds — many years ago resulted in upholding of the ban. Dozens of decisions since then, led by a U.S. Supreme Court precedent, have ...
02, Mar 2015 - Ouachita, AR Hutchinson Unveils Plan To Ease Overcrowding At Arkansas Prisons
JOHN LYON • ARKANSAS NEWS BUREAU / Gov. Asa Hutchinson talks to reporters Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, after giving a speech to the Arkansas County Judges Association in North Little Rock.
02, Mar 2015 - Craighead, AR Local sheriff approves of governor's prison plan
Governor Asa Hutchinson proposed a new plan Wednesday that would attempt to tackle the issue of overcrowding in Arkansas prisons that one local sheriff is in favor of.
02, Mar 2015 - ROAR files motion for rehearing of Over The River appeal
Rags Over the Arkansas River, an organization formed to formally oppose artist Christo's Over The River temporary work of art project, filed a motion Wednesday in the Colorado Court of Appeals asking the Court to grant a rehearing of a recent appeal.
02, Mar 2015 - Supreme Court justices ask pay panel to increase rate
The panel tasked with setting the salaries of Arkansas' elected officials heard public comments Monday on the initial proposed increases they reached earlier this year, including recommendations from two state Supreme Court justices who asked that their pay be increased further.
02, Mar 2015 - Cleburne, AR With two big issues out of the way, lawmakers eye other topics
LITTLE ROCK — With the governor’s tax-cut package signed into law and his plan for the private option on its way to final passage, Arkansas lawmakers can now devote more attention to other issues, from prison overcrowding to abortion to the state lottery.
01, Mar 2015 - Washington, AR Tom Cotton On Terrorists: 'Every Last One Of Them Can Rot In Hell'
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) delivered strong comments Thursday on the issue of detaining terrorists and closing Guantanamo Bay. "As far as I'm concerned, every last one of them can rot in Hell. But as long as they don't do that, they can rot in Guantanamo Bay," he said. Cotton said closing the prison is a political issue, not necessarily about what's best for national ...
01, Mar 2015 - Craighead, AR Arkansas man sentenced for sexual assault of young girl
A Craighead County man was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to 2nd degree sexual assault, according to court documents filed Thursday.
01, Mar 2015 - New Data Reveals Human Trafficking Remains Prevalent in Tennessee
More cases of human trafficking reported in Tennessee than Arkansas and Mississippi combined. by Louis Goggans Laron Matlock smiled and blew a kiss to his family shortly before being sentenced to 15 years in prison for sex trafficking last Thursday. From July to August 1st, 2012, Matlock benefited financially from forcing and coercing a 16-year-old girl to work as a prostitute in Memphis and ...
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