Arkansas Court of Appeals

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Arkansas Court of Appeals
Court information
Judges:   12
Judicial selection
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   6 years
Active judges

Robert Gladwin  •  John Pittman  •  David Glover  •  Rita Gruber  •  Waymond Brown  •  Doug Martin  •  Rhonda Wood  •  Phillip Whiteaker  •  Robin Wynne  •  Kenneth Hixson  •  Brandon Harrison  •  Bill Walmsley  •  


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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.

Current judges

JudgeTermAppointed byParty
Chief Judge Robert Gladwin2003-2017
Judge John Pittman1993-2012
Judge David Glover2004-2019
Judge Rita Gruber2009-2016
Judge Waymond Brown
Judge Doug Martin1/1/2013-12/31/2014Gov. Mike Beebe
Judge Rhonda Wood2013-2019
Judge Phillip Whiteaker2013-2019
Judge Robin Wynne2011-2019
Judge Kenneth Hixson2013-2019
Judge Brandon Harrison2013-2019
Judge Bill Walmsley1/1/2013 - 12/31/2014Gov. Mike Beebe

Chief judge

The Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals serves for a four-year term and is appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Larry Vaught is the court's chief judge.


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.

See also

External links

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CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
HarrisonBrandon Harrison   ApprovedANoDistrict 4, Position 152.6%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
GloverDavid Glover   ApprovedAYesDistrict 4, Position 2100%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
LooneyJ.W. Looney    NoDistrict 4, Position 147.4% 
RobertsonJeannette Robertson    NoDistrict 1, Position 232.4%ApprovedA46.2%   DefeatedD
HixsonKenneth Hixson   ApprovedANoDistrict 3, Position 251.5%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
CashMitch Cash    NoDistrict 2, Position 237.2% 
CungNiki Cung    NoDistrict 3, Position 248.5% 
WhiteakerPhillip Whiteaker   ApprovedANoDistrict 1, Position 238.1%ApprovedA53.8%   ApprovedA
LusbyRichard Lusby    NoDistrict 1, Position 229.5% 
WynneRobin Wynne    District 5