Latest Updates

The Association is working to keep you informed and enabled.  On this site you will find state, local and national resources as to current court procedures.  Also there are links to state and national sources to help you and your practices. 

During this unpredictable time and to assist our legal community, we are kicking off our reduced Best of CLE rates for on-demand now.  We want to ensure you can obtain your CLE hours virtually, at your convenience.  CLICK HERE to view our on-demand offerings.

If you would  like more information or have any questions, please let us know.

ArkBar is committed to providing uninterrupted service to members and remains open for business, even while many of us work remotely. Please feel free to contact any ArkBar staff member with questions via email or leave a voice mail which will be returned.

Latest News:

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas will continue operating on the basis of the Administrative Order dated March 16, 2020 until further notice.  To review the court’s full announcement, please click the link below:

Updated Announcement Effective July 20, 2020

June 26, 2020: Traffic Court Cyber Docket to Continue Until September

June 15, 2020:
Governor's Executive Order 20-33
Governor's Executive Order 20-34
Governor's Executive Order 20-35

June 11, 2020: Social Security
announcement regarding temporary procedures to allow claimants to sign the appointment of representative and fee agreement. 

June 3, 2020: Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson declares Emergency Order E-O 20-29 to Declare a State of Emergency

April 23, 2020:
Arkansas Supreme Court  Per curiam opinion In Re Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 23, 2020: Important Business Notice from the Secretary of State's Office

April 21, 2020

Administrative Order No. 2020-4 extending the moratorium on trials previously entered in Administrative Order No. 2020-1.

April 17, 2020
The Court has entered Administrative Order Five about operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Per curiam opinions

In the Arkansas Supreme Court  Per curiam opinions

In re Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020 Ark. 132

The Arkansas Supreme Court issued a per curiam opinion continuing the emergency directive to the courts through May 1, 2020.   Jury summonses are suspended through June 30, 2020.


In Re Response To The Covid-19 Pandemic, 2020 Ark. 125

            This per curiam authorizes counsel to move for reasonable extensions based upon the pandemic.


March 31, 2020

Emergency Notary Procedures.  

Today, Governor Hutchinson entered Emergency Order EO 20-12 to allow remote notary procedures by real time audio and visual means as defined in the order. The notary and signer must both by physically located in Arkansas, and the signing must be visually seen by the party notarizing the instrument. Counterpart signatures are also allowed unless expressly prohibited in the document.

With the leadership of volunteers, including Representative Carol Dalby and Speaker Matthew Shepherd (both Arkansas Bar Association members), the order expands notary procedures for legal instruments until the state of declared emergency is terminated.   

The measure was initially drafted by Jennifer Pierce with assistance from the Arkansas Bar Association and its Jurisprudence and Law Reform and Executive Committees. 

The Arkansas Bar Association appreciates the Governor and his staff for their demonstrated and continuing leadership.  

March 31, 2020
Administrative Order Three - Court Operations During The Covid-19 Pandemic

The Court has entered another Administrative Order about operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  If the defendant consents, the Court has authorized expanded use of video teleconferencing, and telephone conferencing if video conferencing is unavailable, in preliminary criminal proceedings, including felony pleas and felony sentencings.  Administrative Order Three is here.

March 31, 2020

Secretary of State Announces Temporary Waiver of Franchise Tax Late Fees and Interest Charges