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The Guide to Arkansas Court Records


The Arkansas trial court system consists of Circuit Courts and District Courts.
 
Circuit Courts have general jurisdiction over all criminal and civil cases, but generally only handle cases beyond the jurisdiction of other courts. District Courts have limited jurisdiction to handle certain types of civil and criminal cases.

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Arkansas Circuit Courts

Circuit Courts have general jurisdiction over all civil cases for claims over $100, and all criminal cases, but typically only handle cases that are beyond the limited jurisdiction of other courts.

Criminal cases heard by Circuit Courts include felonies, some misdemeanors, and lesser-included offenses.

Circuit Courts share jurisdiction with State District Courts over civil claims up to $25,000, and with Local District Courts over civil claims up to $5,000. Circuit Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over civil equity claims.

Circuit Courts also handle domestic relations, juvenile, probate, and mental health cases; case types include divorce, child abuse and neglect, guardianships, civil commitments, and the administration of estates.

Circuit Courts may refer certain types of civil and criminal cases to State District Courts, although referral of most civil, domestic relations, and probate cases requires the consent of all parties.

Arkansas District Courts

District Courts have jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases. District Courts may be State District Courts or Local District Courts.

Criminal cases heard by both types of District Courts include most types of misdemeanors and preliminary hearings for all types of criminal cases. District Courts also handle traffic cases and local ordinance violations.

District Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over civil claims of $100 or less. State District Courts share jurisdiction with Circuit Courts over civil claims between $100 and $25,000. Local District Court share jurisdiction with Circuit Courts over civil claims between $100 and $5,000.

State District Courts may also have certain types of civil and criminal cases referred by Circuit Court, although referral of most civil, domestic relations, and probate cases requires the consent of all parties.

Each District Court has a Small Claims division for most general civil claims for less than $5000.

Where to find court cases in Arkansas

The chart below gives general information on the types of cases heard in each type of court in Arkansas.
 

Most Cases = Most or all cases.     Some Cases = Some cases.

Case Type Court Type
CivilCircuit CourtsDistrict Courts
General Civil - Unlimited
 Most or all General Civil - Unlimited cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
General Civil - Limited
 Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Most or all General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the District Courts
Small Claims 
 Most or all Small Claims cases can be found in the District Courts
Civil Equity
 Most or all Civil Equity cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Complex Commercial
 Most or all Complex Commercial cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Foreclosures and Liens
 Most or all Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the District Courts
Real Estate Title and Boundary
 Most or all Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Landlord / Tenant
 Most or all Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the District Courts
Ordinance Violations 
 Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the District Courts
Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders
 Most or all Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the District Courts
Administrative Agency Appeals
 Most or all Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
CriminalCircuit CourtsDistrict Courts
Felony
 Most or all Felony cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Felony Preliminary Hearings
 Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the District Courts
Misdemeanors
 Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the District Courts
Ordinance Violations 
 Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the District Courts
Juvenile
 Most or all Juvenile cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Traffic and Infractions 
 Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the District Courts
Domestic RelationsCircuit CourtsDistrict Courts
Divorce
 Most or all Divorce cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Divorce cases can be found in the District Courts
Child Custody and Visitation
 Most or all Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the District Courts
Child Support
 Most or all Child Support cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Child Support cases can be found in the District Courts
Paternity
 Most or all Paternity cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Paternity cases can be found in the District Courts
Domestic Violence Protection Order
 Most or all Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the District Courts
JuvenileCircuit CourtsDistrict Courts
Adoptions
 Most or all Adoptions cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Juvenile Delinquency
 Most or all Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Child Abuse and Neglect
 Most or all Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Termination of Parental Rights
 Most or all Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Children in Need of Supervision
 Most or all Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Mental HealthCircuit CourtsDistrict Courts
Involuntary Commitments
 Most or all Involuntary Commitments cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Other Mental Health Cases
 Most or all Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
ProbateCircuit CourtsDistrict Courts
Wills & Estates
 Most or all Wills & Estates cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Wills & Estates cases can be found in the District Courts
Name Changes
 Most or all Name Changes cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Name Changes cases can be found in the District Courts
Trusts
 Most or all Trusts cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Trusts cases can be found in the District Courts
Guardianships and Conservatorships
 Most or all Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 Some Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the District Courts


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