Arkansas Supreme Court By The Numbers:


Former prosecutor

Former public defender

  • 7 total seats
  • 0 current vacancies
  • 2 prosecutors
  • 1 public defender
  • 0 Justices have other indigent defense experience
  • 0 civil rights lawyers

How Members of the Arkansas Supreme Court are Selected:

Nonpartisan Election

Justices serve eight-year terms and are selected through nonpartisan primaries. If no candidate garners a majority of the vote, the top two candidates compete in a runoff during the general election. Sitting justices are required to run for re-election at the expiration of their terms. Interim selections to fill vacancies that occur between elections are made by governor appointment.

Selection method sources:

Ballotpedia, Judicial Election Methods By State; Brennan Center for Justice, Judicial Selection: An Interactive Map