Arkansas Court Records

Arkansas court records

Arkansas court records are frequently sought by local citizens looking for information on civil or criminal court proceedings. Specific case information, parties involved, charges filed and even the current disposition of the case can be found by searching online. These details are vital to any subsequent case against a party of interest, as well as legal documentation that confirms the current state of a case.

Other Arkansas court records that are of interest can also be found within the volumes of information maintained by the Arkansas Supreme Court Library in Little Rock. This library holds information valuable to local judges and attorneys when researching past decisions and cases, as well as any citizen interested in learning more about rules of the court and local statutes.

History of Arkansas Court Records

Arkansas was the 25th state admitted to the union in 1836, and the state first created a supreme court with three justices. Later, the constitution was ratified in 1874 to increase the number of justices to five. Future amendments allowed for up to seven justices, which is how many currently serve the court. These justices are elected to the bench to serve eight-year terms.

Arkansas Court Records Availability

Arkansas court records are readily available to the public through the Arkansas Supreme Court Library, located in Little Rock. This library was created by the Act of 1851, and serves the judges and legal community throughout the judicial system in the state. It is also exclusively controlled by the Arkansas Supreme Court. There are several state and federal government documents available for review, past cases, current dispositions of the high court and state and local statutes on record here.

Sources for Arkansas court records available in the library include the Arkansas Bar Association, Small Claims Court Handbook, Arkansas General Assembly notes and judges’ benchbooks. Arkansas court records are frequently used to file for divorce, file a small claim or even learn about local laws and court proceedings. Many members of the public can also utilize the library for self-help legal forms and documents for cases that may not need the assistance of an attorney.

Main Court Information

The Arkansas Supreme Court meets September through July in a typical year at the justice building in Little Rock. This court hears appeals from lower trial courts and the court of appeals. Justices also exercise authority over all lower courts in the state and attorney conduct. This is the court of last resort in the state.

Caseload Statistics

The average number of cases filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court is 300, though this number can vary widely. In 2007, there were 396 cases filed and 407 dispositions, while in 2012 the court received 269 case filings and handed down 157 dispositions.

Arkansas Court Structure

Arkansas Court Statistics

Arkansas Courts receive 695,500 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 734,010 filings and gave 549,448 dispositions. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 52,577 filings and had 48,439 outgoing cases.

Family Court Cases

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 with a rate of 2,020 cases per 100000 population, lower than it’s in 2016.

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Arkansas

More Domestic Relations Cases than Arkansas:
State: Caseload:
New York570,709
Less Domestic Relations Cases than Arkansas:
State: Caseload:
New Mexico43,588

Arkansas Court Locations

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr./Robert E. Lee's BirthdayMonday, Jan 15, 2018
Presidents' Day/Daisy Gatson Bates DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Veterans' Day (observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas EveMonday, December 24, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

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