Civil and Small Claims Division of District Court

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District Court has no jurisdiction over matters involving personal injury or evictions. Those matters must be taken to Circuit Court.


The Small Claims Division is designed to allow individuals to settle certain disputes in court with relaxed rules of procedure without attorneys. Individuals who are represented by an attorney must file their claim in the civil division. Individuals are allowed to sue in small claims court for different types of damages. Small claims court is often used as a means to recover money for damages to personal property, to recover personal property or to settle disputes involving contracts. All claims are limited by a set dollar amount, which is set by the state law. The current amount of a claim cannot exceed $5,000.00. 

Currently Small Claims Cases for the Springdale Department of Washington County District Court are being heard by the Hon. Terra Stephenson on the
first (1st) Wednesday on even months at 1:00 p.m.


 The Civil Division of District Court is designed to allow collection agencies, a collection agent, a firm, an association, a corporation or an individual being represented by an attorney, to file a claim to settle certain disputes that are not in excess of $25,000.00 and do not meet the criteria to be filed in the Small Claims division. These may include contracts, recovery for damages to personal property, money owed, or for delivery of personal property. A civil lawsuit usually deals with private rights of individuals, groups or businesses. Any claim in excess of $25,000.00 will need to be filed in Circuit Court.     

An example of a civil lawsuit is a collection agency suing an individual for a medical debt or a credit card company suing an individual for a past due bill.  

Currently the cases in the Civil Division for the Springdale Department of Washington County District Court are being heard by the Hon. Graham H. Nations on the fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month in the Courtroom at 1:00 p.m.


 In the Civil and Small Claims Division of District Court, State Certified Court Interpreters are NOT automatically requested or available for court hearings and trial. If you or a client will be in need of an Interpreter you must request in writing to the Court Clerk that an Interpreter be ordered at least two (2) weeks ahead of your court date. The request must also state the language needed. The Court Clerk must officially request the interpreter from the Administrative Office of the Courts with enough time for the AOC to make the interpreter available. For some languages there is only one (1) interpreter available. If you come to your court date and have not requested an interpreter, your court date may be postponed to a later date.

If you request a State Certified Court Interpreter and you find that your case is going to be settled, dismissed, or continued please notify the Court Clerk as soon as possible. The Court Clerk will need to notify the Administrative Office of the Courts to cancel the interpreter so that the interpreter may be made available for other cases in other courts.

SI USTED NECESITA UN INTÉRPRETE, usted debe colocar su petición ante el Tribunal POR ESCRITO POR LO MENOS DOS 2 SEMANAS ANTES de LA AUDIENCIA o FECHA de JUICIO y DIGANOS SU IDIMOA que hablas. Por favor escriba su nombre, dirección y número de caso a su petición y luego MUESTRA SU SOLICITUD antes de enviarla a la corte. Puede traer su solicitud y entregarla en persona, por correo a la dirección indicada arriba o fax al (479) 750-8564. 


In the Civil and Small Claims Division of District Court, an attorney cannot be appointed for you. You may hire an attorney of your choice to represent you if you choose to do so. The Court Clerk may not make any suggestions as to who should hire for an attorney. You may contact the Arkansas Bar Association, Legal Aid of Arkansas, Arkansas Access to Justice, University of Arkansas Law School Legal Clinic, or get suggestions from family and friends. For your convenience there are links to these agencies under the "Court Related Agencies" tab.

Please note if an attorney is hired by either party in a Small Claims case that case will be automatically transferred to the Civil Division of the District Court. 

Additional fees for Small Claims / Civil Court

*Appeals, subpoenas, and writ of executions must be requested in writing to the court. All forms must be filled out by the party requesting the form be issued.
Document Cost         (important information)
Appeal Transcript* 
$20.00*     (Additional costs to file Appeal at Circuit Court)
Certified Copy $5.00      
Triple Certified $10.00    
Clerk issued Subpoena* $5.00*     (Must be served on the witness per A.R.C.P 45 and additional fees apply)
Copies $0.12 per page
Writ of Execution* $10.00*    (Must be served by the Sheriff's Office in the proper County and additional fees apply there)
Writ of Garnishment* $10.00*         (Must be served on the employer or bank by certified mail)