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District Court Benchbook August 2017

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The Arkansas Benchbooks provide a resource for members of the judiciary. The books attempt to take relevant statutes, court rules, case law, and forms for a particular area and consolidate them into one document. The benchbooks do not carry any legal authority and should not be cited in legal proceedings or documents. Instead, the readers are encouraged to use the books as a quick reference to the applicable law. In fact, because the drafters of the publications wanted to ensure that judges had an accurate reflection of the law, the books contain hyperlinks that direct the readers to the relevant statutes, court rules, and case law. A diligent effort is made after every substantive legislative session to update the publications so that the judiciary is aware of any changes in statutory provisions. When the books are updated, the drafters also highlight new cases that may be helpful to judges as they consider issues. The drafters of the publications strive to report the information in the books free from opinion or commentary.