Arkansas Court of Appeals
|Arkansas Court of Appeals|
|Method:||Non-partisan election of judges|
The Arkansas Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in Arkansas. It was created in 1978 by Amendment 58 to the Arkansas Constitution. The court handed down its first opinions for publication on August 8, 1979.
There are twelve judges on the court. They are elected to the court in non-partisan elections from seven appellate court districts to serve renewable six-year terms.
The term of court usually begins in mid-August and continues until July 4 of the following year. Opinions are available each Wednesday at 9:00 A.M. during the term.
The jurisdiction of the Arkansas Court of Appeals is determined by the Arkansas Supreme Court. There is no right of appeal from the Arkansas Court of Appeals to the Arkansas Supreme Court. However, opinions decided by the Arkansas Court of Appeals may be reviewed by the Arkansas Supreme Court on application by a party to the appeal, upon certification of the Arkansas Court of Appeals, or if the Arkansas Supreme Court decides the case is one that should have originally been assigned to it.
When the court was established in 1978, it had six judges. Legislation was adopted in 1993 by the state legislature to increase the number of judges to twelve.
The first six judges of the court were appointed by then-governor Bill Clinton; they were Ernie E. Wright, M. Steele Hays, George Howard, Jr., David Newbern, Marian F. Penix, and James H. Pilkinton. Wright was the first Chief Judge.
|Chief Judge Robert Gladwin||2003-2017||Chief Judge|
|Judge John Pittman||1993-2012||District 1, Position 1|
|Judge David Glover||2004-2019||District 4, Position 2|
|Judge Rita Gruber||2009-2016||District 6, Position 1|
|Judge Waymond Brown||District 7|
|Judge Doug Martin||1/1/2013 - 12/31/2014||Division 2||Gov. Mike Beebe|
|Judge Rhonda Wood||2013-2019||District 2, Position 2|
|Judge Phillip Whiteaker||2013-2019||District 1, Position 2|
|Judge Robin Wynne||2011-2019||District 5|
|Judge Kenneth Hixson||2013-2019||District 3, Position 2|
|Judge Brandon Harrison||2013-2019||District 4, Position 1|
|Judge Bill Walmsley||1/1/2013 - 12/31/2014||Gov. Mike Beebe|
To serve on the court, a judge must:
- Be at least 30 years old.
- Be of good moral charater.
- Be learned in the law.
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Have been a resident of Arkansas for more than two years.
- Must have practiced law for at least eight years.
- News: Arkansas appellate court allows Facebook photos as evidence, February 15, 2012
- Website of the Arkansas Court of Appeals
- Opinions of the court
- Arkansas Courts Historical Background, compiled by William B. Jones, Jr.
|Former||Donald Corbin • John Robbins • D.P. Marshall • Karen Baker • Wendell Griffen • Sam Bird • Josephine Hart • Larry Vaught • Eugene Hunt • Sarah Heffley • Michael Kinard • Courtney Hudson Goodson • Raymond Abramson • Cliff Hoofman •|
2012 electionTo organize the columns, click on the arrows in the column heading.
|Candidate||Incumbency||Position||Primary Vote||Election Vote|
|Brandon Harrison||No||District 4, Position 1||52.6%|
|David Glover||Yes||District 4, Position 2||100%|
|J.W. Looney||No||District 4, Position 1||47.4%|
|Jeannette Robertson||No||District 1, Position 2||32.4%||46.2%|
|Kenneth Hixson||No||District 3, Position 2||51.5%|
|Mitch Cash||No||District 2, Position 2||37.2%|
|Niki Cung||No||District 3, Position 2||48.5%|
|Phillip Whiteaker||No||District 1, Position 2||38.1%||53.8%|
|Rhonda Wood||No||District 2, Position 2||62.8%|
|Richard Lusby||No||District 1, Position 2||29.5%|
|Robin Wynne||Yes||District 5||100%|