White County Circuit Courts - 17th Judicial Circuit
"Circuit courts are general jurisdiction trial courts. Effective January 1, 2002, circuit courts shall consist of five subject matter divisions: criminal, civil, probate, domestic relations, and juvenile. Judicial candidates for circuit judge will now run in nonpartisan elections and are required to have been licensed attorneys in the state for six years preceding the date of assuming office. Circuit judges serve a six-year term. " Source: Arkansas Judiciary website
Cases are divided up among the following judges according to the Administrative Plan for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit (effective Jan 1, 2010).
Circuit Judge, First Division - Judge Thomas M. Hughes
Case Coordinator - Fran Robin
Circuit Judge, Second Division - Judge Robert Edwards
Case Coordinator - Connie Newkirk
Circuit Judge, Third Division - Judge Craig Hannah
Case Coordinator - Brenda Landis
White County District Courts
"District courts, formerly known as municipal courts before passage of Amendment 80 to the Arkansas Constitution, exercise county-wide jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases, preliminary felony cases, and civil cases in matters of less than $5,000. A small claims division of district court provides a forum in which citizens represent themselves to resolve minor civil matters." Source: Arkansas Judiciary website
Beebe Division - Judge Mark. M Derrick
Clerk: Judy Chandler
Court Clerk’s Office Hours: Open Monday through Friday 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.
*If the office is closed during regular office hours, a notice will be posted on the office door and an informational message on voicemail.
Payment of Fines: Payment of fine and costs must be paid prior to court date. An exception requires the authorization of the Judge and a minimum $100 per month payment.
Prosecutors: Prosecutor for City (Beebe) Cases: Barrett T. Rogers (501) 420-4390; Prosecutor for State (Highway & State Police/Game & Fish) Cases: David Parker (501) 279-6236.
Public Defenders will only be appointed during your court appearance.
Probation: Certain moving violations, depending on your driving history, may allow for being placed on probation to keep the violation off your driving record. You must have a clear driving record for the past 12 months, not have a CDL, and pay your fine and costs in full prior to your court date. While on probation, you cannot incur any further moving traffic violations within the 6 month period or the probation will be revoked and your charge will appear on your driving record. If you have any questions, please contact the court clerk at (501) 882-8110.
McRae Division - Judge Mark M. Derrick
Court Clerk: Billie Curtis
Court is held the First Monday of every month at 2:00pm, 115 S. Grand Ave, McRae.
Searcy Division - Judge Mark Pate
Clerk: Linda Maddox
Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) with Sex Offender Registry search
Guide to Law Online for Arkansas by the Library of Congress