SUPREME COURT OF ARKANSAS
IN RE: ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER
NUMBER 18 – ADOPTION OF NEW
SECTION 6 – JURISDICTION OF
PILOT STATE DISTRICT COURT
Opinion Delivered September 27, 2007
On February 8, 2007, we published for comment an alternative proposal to that
recommended to the court by the Legislative Task Force on District Courts dealing with the
subject matter jurisdiction of pilot state district court judgeships. See In Re: Report of Legislative
Task Force on District Courts -- Alternative Proposal being Published for Comment, 368 Ark. Appx.
(February 8, 2007). Today, we announce our plan for these courts.
To briefly review the history of these judgeships and how we reached this point, Act
1849 of 2005 created the Legislative Task Force on District Courts, and it was charged with
conducting a comprehensive study of the transition of district court judges to state-employee
status and the funding and role of district courts. The Task Force recommended that certain
district court judges participating in a pilot program preside over matters pending in the
circuit court. The Task Force’s proposal was published for comment on October 26, 2006.
See In Re: Report of the Legislative Task Force on District Courts, 367 Ark. Appx. (2006).
Following our review of the Task Force’s proposal and with the benefit of comments received
from the bench and bar, we proposed our alternative formulation. As we stated at the time,
So as to avoid any question, the increased monetary amounts do not affect small claims
cases. (See section 4 which is cross-referenced to section 3).
Consent jurisdiction can include cases filed in the civil, domestic relations, and probate
divisions of circuit court.
2, 5, 8-South, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19-West, and 22.
a critical factor in our alternative was the current lack of court reporters to assist the pilot
district court judges. In Re: Report of Legislative Task Force on District Courts -- Alternative
Proposal being Published for Comment, (February 8, 2007). Pi