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 - Conway, AR Arkansas Supreme Court hears voter ID lawsuit
The Arkansas Supreme Court is scheduled to begin hearing oral arguments at 9 a.m. this morning in a lawsuit challenging the state's 2013 voter ID law . The proceedings will be available to stream live here (it's now archived here ). Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox has ruled that the law adds a new restriction on voting, which is unconstitutional under the Arkansas Constitution. Fox stayed ...
12, Oct 2014 - Police seek couple for burglary
Police are looking for two Arkansas City residents in connection with the burglary of an unoccupied house, according to a press release issued Sunday by the Arkansas City Police Department.
12, Oct 2014 - Arkansas, AR High court likely to allow Muslim inmate's beard
This undated photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows prison inmate Gregory Holt. On Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case of Holt, who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a half-inch beard.
12, Oct 2014 - Arkadelphia, AR Nursing Home Facing Wrongful Death Suit Claims Charitable Immunity
ARKADELPHIA, AR--A little known Arkansas exemption for charities is a big stumbling block for a family trying to sue over a relative's death. It's called charitable immunity protection and the state supreme court first used it for a hospital taking care of patients for free. While most states have abolished these protections, it still stands in Arkansas and applies to some nursing homes and ...
12, Oct 2014 - Special Report: Legislation Would Shine Light on Prison/Parole Systems
Arkansas is what's known as a "closed records state." Some say nowhere is that more evident than in the prison system where behavioral records of inmates are kept from public view. One lawmakers say that ends up putting the public in danger. In the third part of our series we look at solutions.
12, Oct 2014 - Union, AR Supreme Court considers case of prison inmate’s beard
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether an Arkansas prison inmate can be required to keep his beard short, even though he says the beard is part of his religion.
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 - Lonoke, AR Arkansas Leader: Killer of teen girl working in Cabot school
Garrick Feldman at the Arkansas Leader dug up this fine story last week: A murderer who is serving a life sentence without parole was installing a wall mat this week at the Cabot Junior High North gym as part of a prison work-release program. Glen Martin Green, who works inside the prison system for Arkansas Correctional Industries, has been in the factory and repair program at the Tucker Unit ...
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 - 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 - 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 - 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.
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