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Arkansas Supreme Court Justices

In , Arkansas became the 25th state admitted to the union. Its first constitution created a supreme court composed of three judges including one styled Chief Justice, and directed that the judges be elected by the Arkansas General Assembly. Ark. Const. of , art. VI, § §2 & 7. Daniel Ringo, Townsend Dickinson, and Thomas J. Lacy were selected to serve as the first supreme court judges, and Mr. Ringo became the first Chief Justice.

The state's current constitution, ratified in , likewise initially provided for three supreme court judges, but also authorized the Arkansas General Assembly to increase the number of judges to five, if it deemed necessary, when the state population amounted to one million. Ark. Const. of , art. VII, § §2 & 3. By Act 19 of , the number of supreme court judges increased to five. In , the Constitution was amended to allow the General Assembly to increase the number of judges to seven should it thereafter become necessary. By Act of , the number increased to seven judges, whose terms began January 1,

Effective July, , the judicial article of the Arkansas constitution was rewritten by Amendment Judicial power is vested in the Judicial Department of state government, consisting of a Supreme Court and other courts established by the Constitution. Ark. Const. of , amend. 80, §1. The Supreme Court has statewide appellate jurisdiction and such other original jurisdiction as provided by the Constitution. Id. at §2. The Arkansas Supreme Court exercises general superintending control over all courts of the state. Id. at §4.

The Arkansas Supreme Court's appellate jurisdiction is described by its Rule Any case is subject to reassignment or transfer by the Arkansas Supreme Court. The Arkansas Court of Appeals may seek to transfer a case to the Arkansas Supreme Court, upon requisite certification. Proceedings for extraordinary writs, expedited consideration and temporary relief are described in Rule

Constitutional amendment 28, adopted in , vested the Arkansas Supreme Court with power to make rules regulating the practice of law and the professional conduct of attorneys at law.

Amendment 80, §16 describes the qualifications for an Arkansas Supreme Court justice:

  • A justice  of the Supreme Court shall be a licensed attorney for at least eight years immediately preceding the date of assuming office.
  • The justices of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the qualified electors of the State and shall serve eight-year terms.

The seven Arkansas Supreme Court justices are elected in statewide non-partisan races, and serve staggered terms, such that it is unlikely all members of the court would be replaced in one election. In the event a member of the court fails to serve the entire term of office, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the governor of Arkansas. Ark. Const. of , amend. 29, §1. The appointee shall serve during the entire unexpired term in the office in which the vacancy occurs if such office would in regular course be filled at the next general election if no vacancy had occurred; otherwise, the appointee may serve until the first or second general election following appointment, depending upon the timing of that election. Id. at §4. No person appointed under Section 1 shall be eligible for appointment or election to succeed himself. Id. at §2.

The official version of the Supreme Court opinions handed down prior to February 14, , may be found in the bound volumes of Arkansas Reports. As of that date, the Arkansas Supreme Court became the first state court to designate the electronic version—as opposed to a physical, published version—as the official version of its opinions. The opinions of the Arkansas Supreme Court -- both the official electronic versions, and scanned unofficial versions of the opinions published in the bound reporter -- may be accessed online here.

All signed opinions of the Supreme Court handed down after July 1, , are designated for publication and may be cited in briefs and other pleadings before the state’s appellate courts. Ark. Sup. Ct. R. Opinions handed down prior to that date, and marked “not designated for publication,” are without precedential value and may not be cited as authority. Id. The slip opinion version of each opinion remains posted until any editorial changes are made by the Supreme Court Reporter of Decisions and approved by the judge or justice who authored the opinion. Slip opinions are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. Final official opinions of the court will be marked as such with the seal of the Arkansas Supreme Court. See the Reporter’s page for more information about electronic publication and the new citation format.

Questions regarding the Supreme Court docket or schedule, or requests for copies of appellate records should be addressed to the Clerk of the Courts.

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The Reporter of Decisions is a constitutional officer of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Arkansas Constitution of , Amendment 80, § 2(F) provides: “The Supreme Court shall appoint its clerk and reporter.” The Supreme Court Reporter also serves as Reporter of the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Ark. Code Ann. § (b) (Repl. ).   

It is the statutory duty of the Reporter of Decisions to:

  • Prepare the syllabus without delay after the Clerk of the Supreme Court furnishes him or her with a copy of the decisions of the court;
  • Edit the decisions of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and make technical corrections thereto;
  • Oversee publication and distribution of the decisions of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in such format and medium as the Supreme Court may direct; and
  • Perform other duties as the Supreme Court assigns.
Ark. Code Ann.§ (Repl. ).

In , the Supreme Court directed that publication of the Arkansas Reportsand Arkansas Appellate Reports, where decisions of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals have been officially reported since and , respectively, would be discontinued and thereafter electronic versions of the decisions posted on the Arkansas Judiciary website would be the official report of those decisions.  All appellate decisions handed down after February 14, , are officially reported and distributed in electronic form via the Arkansas Judiciary website.  Examples of the new citation formats can be found in the House Style Guide, published by this office.

In practical terms, the Reporter of Decisions serves as the legal editor and publisher for the appellate courts, working closely with the justices and judges of the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the Clerk of the Courts, and the various vendors that receive and republish electronically transmitted material.
During regular court sessions, the Reporter and the Deputy Reporter proofread the opinions of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals and note suggested changes, which are submitted to the justices and judges for approval before the opinions are published. Each Wednesday and Thursday, the Reporter receives electronic and hard copies of the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court decisions and processes them for electronic publication. The Reporter edits conservatively, allowing for stylistic differences among the opinion writers. Still, an effort is made to achieve something approaching a house style in usage and citation format. Among the principal guides relied upon by the Reporter are current editions of The Chicago Manual of Style, The Uniform System of Citation("Bluebook"), William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White’s Elements of Style, Bryan A. Garner’s A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, Black’s Law Dictionary, C. Edward Good’s Citing and Typing the Law:  A Guide to Legal Citations, and our in-house style guide.

For opinions published prior to February 14, , volumes of the official Arkansas Reportsand Arkansas Appellate Reportsare available through the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts, Justice Building, Marshall Street, Little Rock, AR Opinions published after that time are officially reported and available on the Arkansas Judiciary website.  Memoranda of corrections should be sent to Susan P. Williams, Reporter of Decisions, Justice Building, Marshall Street, Little Rock, AR
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Arkansas Supreme Court Decisions

Established in , the Arkansas Supreme Court derives its authority from Article 7, Section 4 and Amendment 80, Section 2 of the Arkansas Constitution. It consists of seven justices, including a Chief Justice, a Vice Chief Justice, and five Associate Justices. In addition to reviewing appeals from lower courts and conducting special proceedings under Article 6 of the Arkansas Constitution, the Court oversees lower state courts and attorneys in Arkansas.

To be eligible to serve as a justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court, a candidate must be at least 30 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Arkansas for more than two years. They must have practiced law for at least the last eight years, and they must have good moral character. Justices are elected in eight-year terms, but the Governor of Arkansas has the authority to make interim appointments if a seat becomes vacant in the middle of a term. A justice who receives an interim appointment cannot run for that seat in the next election. The same election rules apply to the Chief Justice and the Vice Chief Justice as to the Associate Justices.

The judicial discipline and disability commission in Arkansas may recommend the removal, suspension, censure, or retirement of a justice. However, the Arkansas Supreme Court will make the final decision on whether to follow this recommendation. A justice alternatively may be removed if they are impeached by the Arkansas House of Representatives in a majority vote and then convicted by the Arkansas Senate in a two-thirds vote. After the conviction, the Governor will make the final decision on whether to remove the justice.

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