Arkansas Supreme Court

The Arkansas Supreme Court is the highest court in the U.S. state of Arkansas. Since 1925,[1] it has consisted of a Chief Justice and six Associate Justices, and at times Special Justices are called upon in the absence of a regular justice. The Justices are elected in a non-partisan election for eight-year-long terms that are staggered to make it unlikely that the entire court would be replaced in a single election.[1] Any vacancy caused by a Justice not finishing his or her term is filled by an appointment made by the Governor of Arkansas.[1]

Arkansas Supreme Court
Seal of the Supreme Court of Arkansas
Established1841 (1841)
Location625 Marshall Street, Little Rock, Arkansas
Composition methodNon-partisan election
Authorized byArkansas Constitution
Appeals toSupreme Court of the United States
Number of positions1 chief justice, 6 associate justices
WebsiteOfficial website
Chief Justice
CurrentlyJohn Dan Kemp
Judiciary of Arkansas

Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Circuit Court(Drug Court)
District Court
City Court

Under the state's first constitution, the Arkansas Supreme Court consisted of three judges including one Chief Justice, and all three of whom were elected by the Arkansas General Assembly. The first judges elected to the court by the Assembly[1] were Daniel Ringo as Chief Justice (who served from 1836 to 1844),[2][3] Townsend Dickinson (who served until 1842[2]), and Thomas J. Lacy (whose term lasted until 1845[2]).

No change to the court's size occurred after Reconstruction, but the Arkansas Constitution of 1874 was amended in 1924 (Amendment 9) to add two more judges and allow the Assembly to increase the number to seven, which it did a year later by Act 205 of 1925.[1]


Position Justice Born Elected Law school Next election
Chief Justice John Dan Kemp (1951-09-08) September 8, 1951 (age 69) 2016 Arkansas 2024
Position 2 Robin F. Wynne (1953-02-15) February 15, 1953 (age 68) 2014 Arkansas 2022
Position 3 Courtney Rae Hudson 1973 (age 4748) 2010 Arkansas 2026
Position 4 Barbara Womack Webb 1956/1957 (age 63–64) 2020 Arkansas 2028
Position 5 Shawn Womack (1972-08-13) August 13, 1972 (age 48) 2016 Arkansas 2024
Position 6 Karen R. Baker 2010 Arkansas (Little Rock) 2022
Position 7 Rhonda K. Wood (1969-12-10) December 10, 1969 (age 51) 2014 Arkansas (Little Rock) 2022

Further reading

  • Distinguishing the Righteous from the Roguish: The Arkansas Supreme Court, 1836–1874 by J.W. Looney, 2016, University of Arkansas Press


  1. Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court from the official Arkansas Judiciary website
  2. Justices, Judges and Officers of the Courts from the official Arkansas Judiciary website
  3. Daniel Ringo from Find A Grave