Arkansas Code Annotated Currentness Title 9. Family Law Subtitle 3. Minors (Chapters 25 to
Juvenile Courts and Proceedings
Division of Dependency and Neglect
§ 9-27-401. Creation--Representation for children and parents
(a) There is hereby created a Division of Dependency-Neglect Representation within the
Administrative Office of the Courts which will be staffed by a court-appointed special
advocate coordinator and an attorney coordinator.
(b)(1) The Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts is authorized to employ or
enter into professional service contracts with private individuals or businesses or public
agencies to represent all children in dependency-neglect proceedings.
(2)(A) Before employing or entering into a contract or contracts, the office shall consult with
the judge or judges of the circuit court designated to hear dependency-neglect cases in their
district plan under Arkansas Supreme Court Administrative Order Number 14, originally
issued April 6, 2001, in each judicial district in accordance with the provisions of § 19-11-1001
(B) Those obtaining employment or contracts through the office as described in subdivision
(b)(3) of this section will be designated as the providers for representation of children in
dependency-neglect cases in each judicial district.
(3)(A) The office shall advertise employment and contract opportunities.
(B) The distribution of funds among the judicial districts shall be based on a formula
developed by the office and approved by the Juvenile Division Judges Committee of the
Arkansas Judicial Council.
(4) The Supreme Court shall adopt standards of practice and qualifications for service for all
attorneys who seek employment or contracts to provide legal representation to children in
(5)(A)(i) In the transition to a state-funded system of dependency-neglect representation, it is
the intent of the General Assembly to provide an appropriate and adequate