The Guide to Arkansas Court Records

Overview of Arkansas Courts

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.

Please select a Arkansas county below to view directory of all courts with links to court record resources for each court.
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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
Civil Circuit Courts District 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
 
Criminal Circuit Courts District 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 Relations Circuit Courts District 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
Juvenile Circuit Courts District 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 Health Circuit Courts District 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
 
Probate Circuit Courts District 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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