The Arkansas State Records website is an all-in-one stop for seeking out, investigating, and acquiring civil and criminal court records, legal judgements, documents describing court functions, as well as other public records.
The Freedom of Information act, as well as their stateside counterparts, declare that court records are open and accessible to everyone, which means any American citizen can get details about the events and trials that happen at any court in the United States. These functions consist of court records, lien judgements, criminal trials, civil trials, bankruptcy findings, and lawsuit details. Only when a record is redacted, sealed, nullified, or otherwise specified as classified does the record be inaccessible. This can be the case with juvenile criminal court records, divorce records (which are usually only accessible to the people getting divorced and their legal advisors), sealed birth records (for closed adoptions), or in cases of victim anonymity. Outside of these exceptions, all court records are viewed as open and available to the population, including civil court records, trial court records, criminal court records, and more.
Using only a name, an address, or a combination of both, Arkansas State Records simplifies the process of finding your record. Simply type in the name you intend to study, and State Records will comb through every available online court record looking for a name match in an location you specify. This includes both digital and digitized records, meaning your search may even yield results from the early twentieth century.