Arkansas

Effective Date: January 1991
State:
Arkansas
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: Administrative Order # 3
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: General:
(case submission to opinion)
100% within 60 days            
  Arkansas Supreme Court Administrative Order #3

Effective Date: January 1991
State:
Arkansas
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: Administrative Order # 3
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards:
Circuit

Trial Briefs:
(completion of trial to filing of brief)
100% within 30 days

Trial Court Decisions:
(final submission to decision)
100% within 90 days
 

Effective Date: January 1991
State:
Arkansas
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Administrative Order # 3
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards:
Circuit

Trial Briefs:
(completion of trial to filing of brief)
100% within 30 days

Trial Court Decisions:
(final submission to decision)
100% within 90 days
 

Effective Date: January 1991
State:
Arkansas
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Domestic
Implementing Authority: Administrative Order # 3
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards:
Circuit:

Trial Briefs:
(completion of trial to filing of brief)
100% within 30 days

Trial Court Decisions:
(final submission to decision)
100% within 90 days
 

Effective Date: January 1991
State:
Arkansas
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Juvenile
Implementing Authority: Administrative Order # 3
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards:
Circuit:

Trial Briefs:
(completion of trial to filing of brief)
100% within 30 days

Trial Court Decisions:
(final submission to decision)
100% within 90 days
 

Effective Date: N/A
State:
Arkansas
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Misc
Implementing Authority: N/A
Status: N/A
Time Standards:
N/A
 

Effective Date: January 1991
State:
Arkansas
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Probate
Implementing Authority: Administrative Order # 3
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards:
Circuit

Trial Briefs:
(completion of trial to filing of brief)
100% within 30 days

Trial Court Decisions:
(final submission to decision)
100% within 90 days
 

Monitoring Information:

Judges of circuit, chancery, probate, and juvenile courts are directed to submit reports of cases that have been under advisement for more than 90 days to the Administrative Office at the end of each calendar quarter. If the AOC determines that the parties or their counsel did not cause the delay, it recommends to the Supreme Court that a judge be assigned to dispose of the delayed case. Noncompliance with the order constitutes grounds for discipline.

Justices and judges of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are directed to submit reports of cases in which an opinion has not been issued within 60 days to the chief justice of the Supreme Court. The report will be reviewed and reassigned or appropriate actions will be taken to dispose of the case. Willful noncompliance will constitute grounds for discipline.

Reports are available to the public through open records requests. Reports/summaries are received by the state court administrator, the AOC staff, the chief justice, and the Supreme Court members, and are reviewed quarterly.

Notes: A constitutional change consolidated the courts, chancery, probate, juvenile and circuit under the circuit court.