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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

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

2016

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

2017

  • 449 Total active cases
  • 181 Civil rights - inmate
  • 29 Civil rights - employment
  • 23 Constitutional challenges
  • 10 Active cases involving FOIA

2018

  • 455 Total active cases
  • 174 Civil rights - inmate
  • 23 Civil rights - employment
  • 16 Constitutional challenges
  • 3 Active cases involving FOIA
  • 32 Claims for damages against the State filed at State Claims Commision
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