Arkansas Judicial Council

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Judicial Council, fall 2018 meeting.

Information about Arkansas Judicial Council

Arkansas Judicial Council consists of all judges of the state circuit courts, judges of the Arkansas Court of Appeals, justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court, retired justices and judges of those courts, and the Director of the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts.  The Council acts as the official body representing the state's judiciary.

The Council was organized "to foster and preserve the integrity, dignity, and independence of the judiciary; to promote uniformity and dispatch in judicial administration; to develop, implement and maintain a program of judicial education preassisting members newly elected or appointed to the bench; to provide continuing legal education for members accommodating the diverse needs of chancellors, circuit judges and appellate justices; and to select member to the Judicial Retirement board."

The Council has statutory responsibilities which include making recommendations to the General Assembly on judicial redistricting and the addition of new judgeships in the state; and appointment of the five members of the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Judicial Retirement System. Ark. Code Ann. section 16-10-501 ("Development of criteria for new judgeships or redistricting"); Ark. Code Ann. section 24-8-203 ("Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Judicial Retirement System"). Formal business of the Council is conducted in spring and fall meetings each year.


2017-2018 Officers
Officer Name Phone Fax

Hon. Wiley Branton, President
Circuit Judge
3001 W. Roosevelt
Little Rock AR 72201

501-340-6666 501-340-6928
Hon.  David Guthrie, Past-President
Circuit Judge
101 North Washington, Suite 205
El Dorado AR 71730
870-864-1968 870-864-1969
Hon. John Fogleman, President-Elect
Circuit Judge
110 Center Street
Marion AR 72364
870-739-3156 870-739-5224
Mr. Marty Sullivan, Secretary/Treasurer
Director, Administrative Office of the Courts
625 Marshall Street, Justice Building
Little Rock AR 72201
501-682-9400 501-682-9410


2017-2018 Board of Directors
Name Phone Fax Term Expires

Hon. Joanna Taylor
Circuit Judge
123 North College
Fayetteville AR 72701

479-444-1682 479-444-1686 October 2018

Hon. Carlton Jones
Circuit Judge
400 Laurel Street
Texarkana AR 71854

870-774-2421 870-772-4680 October 2018

Hon. Leon Johnson
Circuit Judge
401 W. Markham, Room 420
Little Rock AR 72201

501-340-8590 501-340-6039 October 2018

Hon. Shawn Womack
Supreme Court Justice
625 Marshall Street
Little Rock AR 72201

501-682-6861 501-682-4002 October 2019

Hon. Ann Hudson
Circuit Judge
P. O. Box 995
Forrest City AR 72336

870-633-5995 870-630-1203 October 2019

Hon. Edwin Keaton
Circuit Judge
Ouachita County Courthouse
Camden AR 71701

870-231-9145 870-231-9330 October 2019

Hon. Alice Gray
Circuit Judge
401 West Markham Street, Room 350
Little Rock AR 72201

501-340-8530 501-340-6035 October 2020

Hon. Cathleen Compton
Circuit Judge
401 West Markham Street, Room 320
Little Rock AR 72201

501-340-8426 501-340-6038 October 2020

Hon. Duncan Culpepper
Circuit Judge
P. O. Box 605
Prescott AR 71857

870-887-8787 870-887-3208 October 2020