Welcome to the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. This site is designed to provide convenient and easy access to information about the court and its operations. Our main office is located in Fort Smith, with divisional offices in El Dorado, Fayetteville, Harrison, Hot Springs, and Texarkana.
The Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States has approved the final financial plans for fiscal year 2014. The plan repeals the temporary reductions (implemented in September 2013) to hourly panel attorney rates and provides, consistent with the one percent Employment Cost Index increase for federal employees, a cost-of-living adjustment to panel attorney rates. Effective March 1, 2014, panel attorney hourly rates will increase to $126 for non-capital representations and $180 for capital representations. There are no changes in the case compensation maximums.
Effective February 3, 2014, the case processing responsibilities for the Harrison and Hot Springs Divisions will be reassigned. The Harrison Division will be handled by the Fayetteville Divisional Office. New cases and other documents submitted for filing should be mailed to:
United States District Court
John Paul Hammerschmidt Federal Building
35 East Mountain, Suite 510
Fayetteville, AR 72701-5354
The Hot Springs Division will be handled by the Fort Smith Office. New cases and other documents submitted for filing should be mailed to:
United States District Court
Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Building
30 South 6th Street, Room 1038
Fort Smith, AR 72901-2437
The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has announced a decrease in the reimbursement mileage rates effective January 1, 2014. The rate for privately owned automobiles has been decreased to $0.56 per mile. This rate applies to all judges, employees, jurors and CJA appointed attorneys and experts. A copy of the authorized mileage travel allowance is attached:
Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil and Criminal Procedure, and Federal Rules of Evidence became effective December 1, 2013, including significant revisions to Civil Rule 45, Subpoena. A listing of all amendments and revised forms is available below.
The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has announced an increase in the following fees effective
December 1, 2013.
Court of Appeals Filing Fee: Increased to $505.00.
Records Retrieval Fee: Increased to $64.00 for one box of records and $39.00 for each additional box.
Amended General Order No. 19 was entered by Chief Judge P, K. Holmes, III, on October 23, 2013. The General Order provides that a Petition for Warrant for Offender Under Pretrial or Supervised Release and the issuance of a warrant for arrest will be maintained under seal until a warrant for arrest is returned executed and/or the defendant appears before a judicial office.
Effective September 1, 2013, Motions for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice MUST be submitted CONVENTIONALLY (in paper) with an Application Fee of $100.00.
For further information, please access Instructions for Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice on the ATTORNEY INFORMATION page.
Effective September 1, 2013, the following changes in Attorney Admission Fees will be implemented in the Western and Eastern Districts of Arkansas:
General Order No. 43 IN THE MATTER OF ATTORNEY ADMISSIONS AND PRO HAC VICE FEES was entered by Chief Judge P. K. Holmes, III, on August 19, 2013. The General Order suspends the $10.00 Biennial Assessment of Library Fund fees for attorneys admitted to practice in the Western and Eastern Districts of Arkansas, effective September 1, 2013.