The mission of the Little Rock District Court Judge Criminal Division as defined by the City of Little Rock is to provide the public with impartial and timely adjudication of criminal offenses; to divert offenders from criminal activity and increase public accountability through probation, drug testing, victim restitution and community service programs.
District Court (formerly Municipal Court) adjudicates misdemeanor charges and sets bonds in felony matters. According to Arkansas Statute, District Courts cannot adjudicate any felony charges.
All felony charges enter the District Court for plea and setting of bond. The District Court may also handle bond hearings and probable cause hearings. After this, these cases are transferred to Circuit Court for adjudication.
Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 18, District Court Judges may, in addition to the types of cases and issues described above, now, hear some civil, domestic relations, and probate cases. These types of cases include, but are not limited to: contract cases, unlawful detainers (an eviction tool), divorce cases, administration of a decedent’s estate, recovery of personal property, damage to personal property, and Orders of Protection. So, it is important that the Judge is familiar with and knowledgeable about the issues presented by these types of cases.