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Arkansas Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


Arkansas Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Ark. Const.) … [Arkansas Legislature] — This is a PDF file of 160 pages.

  2. Bills • Resolutions
  3. General Acts of Arkansas (Ark. Acts) • Initiative Measures

  4. Arkansas Code (Ark. Code)
    The Arkansas Code cannot be viewed on-line except at a fee-based web site. A free LexisNexis version of the code can be searched (with limited results) but cannot be browsed. See also uniform laws.

    Additional Resources

    NOTE—Regular legislative sessions of the Arkansas General Assembly begin in each odd-numbered year. Sessions are consecutively numbered; the session beginning in 2001 was the 83rd General Assembly. Extraordinary sessions can occur in even-numbered years (and would carry the same session number as the preceding regular session).


Arkansas Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure


Arkansas Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

  1. Administrative Rules … [Arkansas Sec'y of State] — This is a form to search the rules. There is no function for browsing.
  2. Arkansas Register … [Arkansas Sec'y of State] — Monthly issues starting with January 2000.


Arkansas Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Municipal Codes of Principal Cities
      A municipal code is linked here if the city is the capital or one of the five largest cities in the state or has a population exceeding 100,000.

    2. County Codes of Ordinances
    3. Home-Rule Charters
      State law authorizes “home rule” for municipalities [Ark. Code § 14-42-301 et seq. (search for “14-42-301”)]. Note that a charter could be included in a code of ordinances instead of being separately accessible.


    Arkansas Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Arkansas law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.


    Other Arkansas Commentary

    1. Guide to Doing Business in Arkansas. Rose Law Firm. … [Lex Mundi]


    Arkansas Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Arkansas Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
    2. Contact Information — Arkansas Judicial Directory

      Additional Resources
      ¶ Map of Judicial Circuits [1] [2]


    Arkansas Forms

    1. Arkansas Courts — Forms

    2. U.S. District Courts
    3. Eastern District Litigation Forms
    4. Western District Forms
    5. Finance & Administration Dep't—Income Tax Administration Office Links to tax forms and information (including taxpayers othern than individuals and corporations).
    6. Individual Income Tax Forms and Instructions
    7. Corporation Income Tax Forms and Instructions
    8. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Arkansas Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See also a licensed attorney search form. See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    5. National Center for Agricultural Law Research and Information … [Univ. of Arkansas Sch. of Law] — Federally mandated and funded entity that conducts research and analysis and provides up-to-date information to farmers and agri-businesses, attorneys, community groups, and others confronting agricultural law issues involving many topics including government farm programs, farm finance and credit, hired labor practices, land use, liability and insurance coverage, environmental law, international trade and biotechnology.

    6. Consulate General of Canada in DallasConsulat Général du Canada à Dallas … Canadian consular services for Arkansas residents.


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Arkansas Bar Association Pamphlets … These pamphlets are intended to provide information to nonlawyers.

    3. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Arkansas Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Arkansas law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Arkansas.

    4. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Arkansas Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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