District Courts in Arkansas process small/civil claims as well as traffic violations, criminal misdemeanors, and city ordinance violations. Siloam Springs District Court (District Court 3) includes all of State Representative District 97 as drawn by the Arkansas Board of Apportionment in 2002; all of the now existing Precinct 7, 14, 16, and 17; that part of the now existing Precinct 15 lying south of Shady Grove Road, Garman Road, and Springtown Road.
The Civil Branch
The civil branch of the district court manages civil claims where financial recovery is $25,000.00 or less. Small claims court is designed to allow individuals to settle disputes in Court under relaxed rules of procedure and without attorneys. Generally, small claims court is in session the second Tuesday of each month. Civil cases, where attorneys are present, are set for trial Monday afternoons at 1:00 p.m., on an "as needed" basis.
The criminal misdemeanor/traffic branch of the district court processes citations received from the following agencies: Siloam Springs Police Department, the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Benton County Sheriff's Department, the City's code enforcement agents, Animal Control, etc. This division also processes arrest warrants and may administratively suspend driving privileges for failure to comply with the Court.
When a citation is issued, the defendant is given a day and time to appear for the arraignment session. If the case is adjudicated at that time, no further appearance is needed. However, if a hearing or trial date is needed, the defendant is given notice to appear at a later date, generally a Tuesday afternoon. At this time, the defendant meets with the Prosecutor to discuss the facts of the case. These two parties work to reach an equitable agreement. If a resolution to the case is not possible, the case is set for trial, where the Judge decides the outcome, based on the facts revealed during the trial. Defendants may have an attorney represent their interests, but this is not mandatory.
The court follows each case to its full resolution. This may mean immediate collection, timed payment arrangements, arrest warrants issued for non-payment, etc.
When court is not in session, the courtroom is available to the general public or other agencies, by appointment only please.
Any comments or inquiries regarding this vital branch of city government are welcomed. Please visit the court department at 410 N. Broadway, or contact us by phone at (479) 524-4947, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.