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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02, Oct 2014 - Fort Smith, AR Man wins $40K in federal court after arrest in connection with deputy recording
In February 2013, Braden Purcell was walking through his Fort Smith, Arkansas, neighborhood when he saw what appeared to be police raiding a home.
02, Oct 2014 - Arkansas, AR Decriminalize drugs
Arkansas is about to make a costly mistake. Its citizens seem willing to spend $100 million to build a new prison. For whom are they building that prison? A high percentage of the prisoners will be young black male nonviolent drug offenders. Black males now have a 30 percent chance of going to prison. Decriminalize drugs Arkansas is about to make a costly mistake. Its citizens seem willing to ...
02, Oct 2014 - Arkansas judge dismissed for disclosing details about Charlize Theron adoption
An Arkansas state judge who acknowledged posting on the Internet confidential information regarding an adoption by actress Charlize Theron was removed from office on Thursday by the Arkansas Supreme Court.
02, Oct 2014 - Grant, AR No bond for Buffington in prison escape
PINE BLUFF — Making his first court appearance after surrendering to authorities following his escape from the Pine Bluff unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections in June, Timothy Buffington was told he would be held with no bond pending a trial next February.
02, Oct 2014 - Conway, AR Supreme Court orders immediate removal of Judge Maggio from bench
The Arkansas Supreme Court today accepted an agreed settlement of a disciplinary proceeding against Circuit Judge Mike Maggio except in one respect: It ordered his immediate removal from the bench. He was relieved of duties March 24 amid multiple investigations of both out-of-court commentary on a website and questions about political campaign contributions to his now-aborted race for Court of ...
02, 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 ...
02, Oct 2014 - Benton, AR Update: Recapture of Prison Escapee in South Arkansas
Jeremy Pifer, 35, captured in Fouke Wednesday morning.
02, Oct 2014 - Should Prisoners Be Allowed To Grow Beards?
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 justices will […]
02, Oct 2014 - Arkansas Voter ID law racist
On Thursday, the Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state's voter ID law. Circuit Judge Tim Fox ruled in May that the law is unconstitutional. If the court doesn't agree and overturns Fox's decision, the law will disenfranchise minority, elderly and economically impoverished communities all over the state. Arkansas will once again be on the wrong side of ...
02, Oct 2014 - Ashley, AR 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.
02, 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.
01, Oct 2014 - White, AR Justices to debate 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.
01, Oct 2014 - Charlize Theron Adoption Judge Dismissed With Immediate Effect
An Arkansas judge who leaked the news of Charlize Theron 's baby adoption in 2012 has been ordered to leave the bench immediately.
01, Oct 2014 - Charlize Theron adoption judge dismissed
An Arkansas judge who leaked the news of Charlize Theron's baby adoption in 2012 has been ordered to leave the bench immediately.
01, Oct 2014 - Arkansas judge dismissed for disclosing details about Theron adoption
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - An Arkansas state judge who acknowledged posting on the Internet confidential information regarding an adoption by actress Charlize Theron was removed from office on Thursday by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Circuit Judge Michael Maggio of Conway, Arkansas, admitted using a pseudonym to disclose information on the adoption, which apparently occurred in ...
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