For media inquiries contact the Supreme Court's Communications Counsel Stephanie Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-371-2004.
The Arkansas Supreme Court Communications Counsel serves as a media liaison for Arkansas’s Judiciary. I can help members of the press with background, legal terms, identifying on-the-record sources, explanations of rulings, FOIA requests, and other legal issues being covered by the media. As an attorney working for the judiciary, I cannot offer opinion, interpretations or legal advice, but I will do my best to help you find those who can. Both judges and practicing attorneys are bound by ethical rules regarding public dissemination of information. [Please see Code of Judicial Conduct 2.10 and Rules of Professional Conduct 3.6].
In addition to being a media contact, the communications counsel’s role is to help improve access to the courts, educate the public about the judiciary’s role, court rules and procedures, court-administered programs, and issues impacting the courts. Examples of programs available to the public include:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation)
- Court Interpreters (includes many languages, from Hmong to Spanish to Sign Language)
- Court-Appointed Special Advocates (for children)
- Arkansas Court Automation Project (statewide case management for all courts)
- Drug Courts (includes rehabilitation and social and professional development)
- Juvenile Division (attorney ad litem, CASA, parent-counsel).
Please let me know if you would like to receive updates, press releases, or other legal notices via email. If you have questions about specific courts or suggestions to improve access to information, please send those along as well.