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What type of payments does Little Rock District Court (Criminal) accept and how can I make a payment?


We accept cash, check, money order, and credit/debit cards.
 

At this time, payments can only be accepted through the mail or in person. We do not accept payments over the phone or online.

If you mail a payment, please provide your case number(s) associated with your case(s). Make check or money order payable to "City of Little Rock". DO NOT SEND CASH IN THE MAIL.

Mail payment to:

Little Rock District Court
Criminal Division
600 West Markham Street

Little Rock, AR  72201

Fines and costs should be paid in full at the time of sentencing. However, if a time payment is arranged, a ten dollar ($10.00) judicial fee will be charged per month for as long as there is an outstanding balance.

Can I pay on my friend or family member’s fine?

Yes. In most cases you can. If the person for whom you are paying the fine is on probation, they may have to check in with their probation officer. To find out, please call the probation office at (501) 371-4725. Having the person's case number(s) will speed up the procedure.

Do I have to appear in court?

Most charges require an appearance in court. However, if the charge is Public Intoxication or Drinking in Public, these charges can be paid off prior to the court appearance date. A waiver document provided by our court must be signed and a payment of $340 ($200 fine, $140 court cost) must be paid in full. Payment plans are NOT available for this option. Mail in or bring the “waiver” to our office with full payment. These waivers can be picked up at our office or download the waiver here. Checks or Money Orders should be made out to "City of Little Rock."

I cannot appear in court on the day I was scheduled, what can I do?

There are court dates that can be changed. Call our office at (501) 371-4739 to discuss your options.

I have an active warrant, what can I do?

If you received a notice of arrest warrant in the mail, or believe you may have a warrant, you can go to the Little Rock Police Department located at 700 West Markham Street in Little Rock to have the warrant served. If you are unsure if you have a warrant, you can call (501) 371-4739 to verify.

If your warrant is for failure to pay your fine, these warrants may be paid off in full and the warrant will be recalled. If the warrant cannot be paid in full, it will have to be served to get a court date.

What days is court in session?

Little Rock District Court (Criminal) has court Monday through Friday except for observed City holidays. The building opens to the public at 8:00 AM and the courtroom doors open at 8:30 AM.

What are the office hours and observed holidays?

Monday – Friday        8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

New Years Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Day

I need to see the Judge, how do I get on the docket?

The Judge CANNOT discuss your case with you. You may contact your attorney or public defender, if one was appointed to you, to ask that your case be placed on the docket. You may also call (501) 371-4739 to speak with a clerk and discuss other options.

Where can I get a background check?

Little Rock Police Department
700 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR  72201

(501) 371-4605

How do I get in touch with a Public Defender?

Public Defender’s Office
201 South Broadway Street, 2nd Floor
Little Rock, AR  72201

(501) 340-6120

How do I appeal my case?

When appealing a case, it must be done within thirty (30) days of the sentencing date (including weekends). If you were represented by a Public Defender, you will need to contact them at (501) 371-6120. If you were represented by a private attorney, please contact your attorney. If you represented yourself (Pro Se), please call us at (501) 371-4739 for more information.

Am I required to post a bond and what type of bond?

There are two (2) types of bonds posted on cases in Little Rock District Criminal Court, surety and cash. A surety bond requires the posting of 10% of the bond set by the court with a bonding company (bonding fees may apply). A cash bond is posted directly with the court and has to be in full unless 10% has been authorized by the court.

Can I access court documents online?

Currently, court documents associated with Little Rock District Court are not accessible online. These documents may be obtained in person, by fax, or through the mail (fees may apply). However, all three Little Rock District Courts are converting to Contexte Software. This software allows the public to see any documents associated with a case that are not sealed. Other information that will be available is the ability to see the status of a case, make payments online and much more. Little Rock District Court has the anticipation of the conversion to be complete and accessible to the public stating June 30, 2014.

What is the difference between sealed and expunged? And, why are some agencies able to see my record?

At one time the word "expunged" was used in Arkansas to seal or hide a conviction from the public view. Arkansas changed the terminology from “EXPUNGED” to “SEALED”. They essentially mean the same thing. As of January 1, 2014, the State of Arkansas removed the word "expunged" from the petitions and orders to seal. These cases are now referred to as "sealed".

No matter the status of a case, all records are available to the courts, law enforcement, and prosecuting attorneys for the purpose of determining punishment or sentencing recommendations and for enhancement of certain crimes.

That being stated, the Arkansas Attorney General released opinion #2003-057 stating some agencies have the right to obtain sealed/expunged records. To read the Attorney General’s full opinion, go to: http://ag.arkansas.gov/opinions/docs/2003-057.doc

Can I get my record expunged/sealed?

If your case has been dismissed, Nolle Prossed (dismissed by the state) or you were sentenced under an expungement act and successfully completed your sentence (ex. Act 346 of 1975, Act 1994 of 2005), you may petition the court to have your case(s) sealed. After copies of the petition to seal have been delivered to the prosecuting attorney and police department in the jurisdiction in which the charge exsists, the fee is paid and filed with the court, it can take up to thirty (30) days to process. Due to the new law, there is potentially a different petition to seal for each charge, depending on how that particular charge was resolved. Petitions to seal are either granted or denied by the Judge. Access the petitions to seal here.

In some cases, the Judge will deny the sealing of a case(s) due to, but not limited to, non-payment of fine/cost or not complying with court orders, such as completing probation or court ordered classes.

There is a fifty dollar ($50.00) charge to file a petition to seal. Each set of charges requires a separate petition to seal. Depending on the type of charge(s) and how they were resolved, there may be a waiting period to file the petition. Petitions will not be accepted until the waiting period is over.

My drivers license has been suspended by the court, how do i get them reinstated?


If your drivers license was suspended due to failing to appear in court, it can be reinstated only if your case has been resolved or the Judge has ordered it reinstated. After the drivers license has been reinstated, there will be a reinstatement fee due to driver control. The Judge CANNOT waive the reinstatement fee.

If your drivers license is suspended due to the issuing of a warrant for non-payment of fine/cost, you must pay the warrant "IN FULL" or have the warrant served to get a new court date to resolve your outstanding fine/cost. If you choose to pay the warrant, a court clerk will reinstate your drivers license, but you will still be responsible for paying the reinstatement fee to driver control. If you have the warrant served, you will need to request your drivers license be reinstated on your court date; again, you will have to pay the reinstatement fee to driver control.


If your drivers license was been suspended because you plead to or were found guilty of a drug offense; there is mandatory six (6)-month drivers license suspension per Arkansas Code Ann. Sec. 5-64-1-1 et seq. You should receive an order of drivers license suspension in court. If you were given a permit to drive, you must take the order to driver control to have the permit approved.

My record has been sealed/expunged, can I still access these documents?

In most cases, yes. These documents are available ONLY to the person to whom the sealed/expunged record belongs. State-issued identification will need to be presented in person to obtain these documents. If you are unable to come in person, call the Clerks Office at (501) 371-4739 to discuss other ways to obtain these documents.

What is a certified disposition and is there a fee?

A certified disposition is a document, certified by the court, that “breaks down” case(s) by showing the date of incident, case number, charge with the statute number and type (felony or misdemeanor), what happened with the case(s), when, and who represented as counsel on the case(s).

There is a $15.00 charge, per page, for a certified disposition (up to six (6) charges can be put on one page). 

What does "pass to file" mean?

Felonies and some misdemeanors are “pass to file” to circuit court due to district court only handling the setting of bonds for felonies and the adjudication of misdemeanors. When a case is “pass to file”, it is in process of being filed in circuit court by the prosecuting attorney’s office. It can take up to one (1)-year for the case to reach circuit court. Once the case has been filed, it will be assigned a new case number, division and Judge in Circuit Court.

Who do I contact about classes I have been ordered to attend?

If you have been ordered to attend classes (ex., anger management, domestic battery, theft) and need information about when and where to attend, call (501) 371-4725.

I am currently on a time pay, can I do community service?

If you find you cannot pay your fine, there is the option to perform community service for the balance remaining on your fine. To sign up for community service, come to our office during normal business hours. There is $25.00 community service fee that must be paid before you start community service. If you were given a civil penalty as part of your sentence, you MUST pay the fine to take advantage of the civil penalty. If you choose to perform community service, the civil penalty will be vacated. (NOTE: If you were ordered to pay the court cost associated with your case, the cost MUST be paid and cannot be worked off in community service).


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