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Civil Department

The Civil Department defends state agencies, officials, boards and commissions when they are named as defendants in civil lawsuits. These cases include federal civil rights lawsuits filed by inmates against prison officials, employment lawsuits brought by current or former State employees, constitutional challenges against State laws, claims against the State Police arising from stops and arrests, and a broad range of other litigation.


The lawyers in the Civil Department also initiate lawsuits to protect the interests of the State. Such cases include actions seeking reimbursement from Arkansas prison inmates for the costs of their care and custody, or actions against physicians who default on their commitment to practice medicine in rural Arkansas communities.

2015 at a Glance

  • 508 Total active cases
  • 264 Civil rights - inmate
  • 55 Civil rights - employment
  • 45 Consitutional challenges

2016 at a Glance

  • 440 Total active cases
  • 230 Civil rights - inmate
  • 43 Civil rights - employment
  • 37 Consitutional challenges

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