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Criminal Department

Supreme Court docketThe Criminal Department represents Arkansas in State and federal court to uphold valid convictions imposed by Arkansas judges and juries. The Criminal Department’s attorneys and support staff work diligently and aggressively to protect Arkansas citizens by keeping criminals lawfully in prison.

Arkansas News clipThe Criminal Department represents the State of Arkansas in appeals filed by criminals in the Arkansas Court of Appeals, the Arkansas Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. Defendants may appeal convictions from Arkansas circuit courts based on a variety of claims.

The Criminal Department assumes the case from the local prosecutor and represents the interests of the State in the entire appellate process. After the State appellate process is complete, many prisoners pursue review of their convictions and sentences through federal courts, and the Criminal Department represents the State's interests in these federal proceedings.

2015

  • Filed nearly 400 appellate briefs in Arkansas Appellate Courts
  • Filed almost 200 State and federal habeas corpus responses in new cases received
  • Orally argued 12 cases in Arkansas Court of Appeals and Arkansas Supreme Court
  • Orally argued 3 federal habeas cases in U.S. Court of Appeals for 8th Circuit
  • Participated in 8 hearings in State circuit and Federal District Courts

2016

  • Filed 300+ apellate briefs in Arkansas Appellate Courts
  • Filed almost 200 State and federal habeas corpus and successive petition responses in new cases received
  • Lodged and/or briefed 6 State appeals in Arkansas Supreme Court
  • Orally argued 9 cases in Arkansas Appellate Courts
  • Orally argued 5 federal habeas corpus in U.S. Court of Appeals for 8th Circuit
  • Participated in 60+ hearings in State circuit and federal district courts

2017

  • Filed 350+ appellate briefs in Arkansas appellate courts
  • Handled 200+ State and federal habeas corpus and successive petition responses in new cases filed
  • Orally argued 6 cases in Arkansas Supreme Court
  • Orally argued 5 federal habeas cases in U.S. Court of Appeals for 8th Circuit
  • Participated in 10 hearings in State circuit and federal district courts
  • Closed 250 State and federal habeas cases
  • Closed 480+ State court criminal appeals cases

2018

  • Filed 350+ appellate briefs in Arkansas appellate courts
  • Handled 200+ State and federal habeas corpus and successive petition responses in new cases filed
  • Opened 180 State and federal habeas corpus cases
  • Orally argued 13 federal habeas cases in U.S. Court of Appeals for 8th Circuit
  • Participated in 4 hearings in State circuit and federal district courts
  • Closed 239 State and federal habeas corpus cases
  • Closed 527 and opened 405 State court criminal appeals cases
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