The Arkansas Court system consists of one Supreme Court with one Chief Justice and six Associate Justices. The next level is the Court of Appeals with one Chief Judge and 11 other judges. The Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are federal-level courts. The state-level courts include Circuit Courts, split into five divisions to handle separate legal issues such as criminal matters, civil disputes, domestic relations, probate, and juvenile cases. The final level is District Courts, and Arkansas splits those into State and Local District Courts.
There are a total of 28 circuits and 121 Circuit Court judges. There are 37 State District Courts with 54 judges in 166 different departments. Arkansas has 35 Local District Courts with 37 judges and 73 departments. Supreme and Appeal Court judges have terms of 8 years, Circuit Court judges are elected to 6-year terms and District Court judges are in position for four years.
In the last year tallied, Arkansas accepted 186,602 new cases into the Circuit Court system. Of that total, 53,803 were criminal cases that included 105,234 individual charges. Only 91,519 charges were disposed and the total number of cases disposed was 167,361 for that year. Arkansas has an average clearance rate of 89%.
Arkansas’ Administrative Office of the Courts has a CourtConnect Website where users can search for cases. However, on their page, they have a disclaimer stating that no images will be included, and some types of cases are omitted. Additionally, only partial information will be available from “Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Clay, Crittenden, Desha, Drew, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Perry, Randolph, Sebastian, and Stone Counties.” Typically, personal and sensitive information like home address, children’s names, juror information, banking or financial data and personal IDs will not be shown to the public. Additionally, sealed or expunged records will be hidden from public view.
The Arkansas Clerk’s Office of the Court handles all filings for both the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for civil and criminal cases. Arkansas offers both e-filing and in-person options for the public for cases assigned to either Circuit or District Courts. Arkansas uses the Contexte Case Management System for its e-filing vendor and has named their system eFlex. Users must register for an account and pay a $100 fee before using eFlex. Not all courts throughout the state participate in the e-filing program. There are detailed instructions on how to use the system on the Arkansas court website.
Use the Infotracer tool to search quickly and easily for Arkansas court records in the three major counties of Pulaski, Benton, and Washington County or the entire state! The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, Ark. Code Ann. §25-19-101 et seq. including §25-19-106 allows individuals the right to access Arkansas criminal records, Arkansas civil records, and court cases from all different types of courts.
The general public can search for all Arkansas public court records without a reason or authorization. The state of Arkansas allows court records searches from district courts, circuit courts, domestic relations court, civil court, and criminal court. Some files will be court-ordered sealed, but most are online and open to the public. Find marriages, divorces, bankruptcies, and more!
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In 2012, the Arkansas courts received 734,010 filings. In 2016, the number of filings decreased by 79.5% and counted 150,511 filings and had 48,439 outgoing cases
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Domestic relations caseload of Arkansas at year end of 2016 has decreased by 11.8% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 59,578 but are higher than in 2015.
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The number of criminal cases in Arkansas courts counts to 474,081, with 39,765 felony cases and 434,316 misdemeanors accordingly.
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Arkansas has 28 Circuit Courts with 121 judges presiding. The Circuit Courts have general jurisdiction in the state and are split into five divisions: criminal, civil, domestic relations, probate, and juvenile. These divisions help specialize the types of cases making it easier for the courts and patrons. Judges serve a six-year term and are elected into office. To qualify to be a Circuit Court judge, the person must have worked as a licensed attorney for six years before being elected. Some Circuit Court divisions have their own website to help users navigate the court structure and process.
The District Courts of Arkansas are its courts of limited jurisdiction. District Courts are split into two divisions, State District Courts and Local District Courts. Arkansas has 15 State District Courts with 25 judges serving them full time. The Local District Courts have only part-time judges. The District Courts exercise territorial jurisdiction over matters within their district. Generally, they try cases for misdemeanors, violations of city ordinances, contract, and personal property cases of $25,000 or less, small claims matters of $5,000 or less and preliminary felony hearings. All District Courts are governed by the Arkansas District Judges Council which is made up of all the District Court judges in the state.