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Government closings due to coronavirus outbreak

A list of local government closings.
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ARKANSAS, USA — Barling District Court has canceled all cases for Friday, March 20, 2020. The city website also has information at www.barlingar.gov

Bella Vista District Court has canceled all cases scheduled for Thursday, March 19 through April 2. Cases scheduled for March have already been postponed. All April cases will be rescheduled and those impacted will be notified.

The Bella Vista District Court office is currently closed to all public traffic until further notice. Fines and fees can be paid online at https://bellavistaar.gov/government/departments/district_court.php or mailed to 612 W. Lancashire Blvd. Bella Vista, AR 72715.

Bentonville will restrict public access to all City facilities beginning March 19, 2020. “Access to City Buildings will be granted to City employees only with as much business as possible to be conducted online,” according to Bentonville Mayor Stephanie Orman. Bentonville City operations will continue and meetings with City employees can be conducted via teleconference or online. We continue to monitor this situation and ask for your patience at this time. We will update with additional information as we move forward.

Benton County Administration Building closed effective Monday (Mar. 16), until further notice.

Benton County Circuit Courts will limit court appearances and cases effect Monday (Mar. 16). Only emergency and felony criminal hearings will remain on the docket. If you have a case in the Bentonville District Court at 479-271-3120 for a new date or you may send an email to courtfiling@bentonvillear.com

Benton County Jury Orientation canceled. The April 10th Jury Orientation has been cancelled. Those summoned will still be included in the Benton County Circuit Court 2nd Term Petit Jury pool which includes the months of May – August. This means those who were summoned will still be subjected to being called to serve on a jury trial during these months.

Even though the jury orientation has been cancelled, those who were summoned must still complete the jury summons document front and back and it must be returned to the Circuit Clerk’s office by April 15th.  

  • The jury summons document must be filled out in black ink and must be signed at the bottom and the front of the page. Please include any appointments, vacation or other important dates that you may have during your term of service. You will find space on lines 12 and 13 of the jury document to do so.
  • The completed document must be returned via mail. Unfortunately, it cannot be dropped off in person. If the Circuit Clerk’s office does not receive this document by April 15th, those summoned will be reported as ‘failing to comply’ to the Circuit Court Judges

Cave Springs District Court has canceled court dates scheduled for Thursday, March 19 until further notice. Individuals who were scheduled for court needing further information, please contact the court clerk, Grace Fielding, at the City of Cave Springs, City Hall (479)-418-9244. 

Crawford County District Court: Effective March 18, 2020 – April 3, 2020 (Subject to Extension) All in-person court proceedings are suspended in Crawford County District Court per Arkansas Supreme Court Per Curiam in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

All in-person court proceedings (court dates) during this time period will be reset for a new court date and a reset letter will be mailed to your current address on file or you can go to caseinfo.arcourts.gov to look up your new court date once set.

Our office staff will be available by telephone at 479-474-1671 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email at districtcourt@vanburencity.org or by fax at 479-471-5005.

Payable traffic violations, Time Payments and Probation Fees can be paid:

1. Online at pay.arcourts.gov with debit or credit card

2. By Telephone at 479-474-1671 with debit or credit card

3. Mailed to Crawford County District Court, 1003 Broadway, Van Buren, AR 72956 by personal check, money order or cashier’s check

4. Drop Box available in front of District Court Building at 1003 Broadway, Van Buren. Use personal check, money order or cashier’s check.

If you are on probation, alternative service or community service through our court, you must call our probation office at 479-474-1671, Option 3 for updated instructions. All regular probation visits must be done by telephone instead of in person, but are still required. Certificates, or any other probation paperwork may be put in the drop box in front of District Court Building.

Fayetteville:

  • Fayetteville City Hall will be closed to the public starting Thursday (March 19)
  • The Yvonne Richardson Community Center
  • The Parking Division office. Please contact parking@fayetteville-ar.gov or 479-575-8280 with any questions. 
  • Development Services. Signage is posted on the front door of the office, with closure information and contact numbers for different areas within the division:
  • Building Safety: 479-575-8238
  • Development Services: 479-575-8233
  • Engineering: 479-575-8206
  • Planning: 479-575-8267
  • Water Department: 479-521-1258
  • The City Clerk Treasurer’s office. Signage is posted on the front door with closure information and contact numbers. Please contact cityclerk@fayetteville-ar.gov or at 479-575-8324 with questions.
  • The Utilities Operations office at 2435 S. Industrial Drive. Signage is posted on the front door with closure information and contact numbers for reaching utilities staff.
  • Department of Economic Vitality. All contractual support services are available, and the department remains fully operational. Please call 479.575.8221 or email DHowland@fayetteville-ar.gov. A list of current resources for business can be found here: Fayetteville COVID-19 Business Resources
  • Animal Services is closed but will open to the public, for adoptions only, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Staff will continue caring for the animals and working with residents to reclaim pets. Animal control officers will be switching to emergency-only calls beginning today, March 17, at noon. Until further notice, Animal Services has suspended owner surrenders and its income-based spay/neuter clinic.
  • Fire stations and offices. There will be no interruption to services. 
  • The Human Resources office. Exceptions are limited to individuals who need to complete forms for background checks, drug tests and new hire paperwork for essential and core staff, by appointment only.  

Open to the public with adjusted hours:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department Office is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Fort Smith District Court said only essential court hearings will take place at the Sebastian County Courts Building through May 1, 2020. 

Greenwood District Court postpones all court dates through March 31, 2020. To find out your next court appearance time, call 479-996-6501.

District Court of Johnson County and the Criminal Division which includes Clarksville and Johnson County citations and warrants will be moved for the next two court sessions. It will be held on the second floor in the courtroom of the Johnson County Courthouse located at 215 West Main St. Clarksville, Ar. The times for criminal pleas scheduled for March 16, 2020, and March 30, 2020, including the city of Clarksville and Johnson County will begin at 8:30 a.m. for the city of Clarksville and at 10 a.m. for Johnson County. The trial docket will start at 1 p.m. There will be enough space to allow a 6 feet distance in between each person in attendance.

District Court of the Northern and District of Logan County has canceled all remainder court dates for the month of March. 

Madison County Courthouse and all other county buildings, except for Madison County Solid Waste & Recycling Center, are closed to the public until further notice. The order encompasses all Courthouse Offices, including Adult Probation and Parole, Juvenile Probation, and the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter Outreach Office, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center and Administrative Offices, the Madison County EMS Business office, the County Road and Bridge Shop, the E-911 Addressing Office, the Department of Emergency Management Office, the Madison County Public Library, the Kingston Community Library, the St. Paul Public Library, the Cooperative Extension Service,  and the Madison County Genealogical and Historical Society Office. The order is effective Thursday, March 19, 2020. 

Sebastian County Circuit Court said only essential court hearings will take place at the Sebastian County Courts Building through May 1, 2020. 

Washington and Madison County Circuit Courts are limiting all court appearances to essential court proceedings only which include all criminal initial appearances, requests for an Order of Protection and related hearings, emergency custody hearings in Probate and Domestic Relations cases, Adult Protective Services cases, and mental commitment proceedings. All civil jury trials will be suspended for at least 45 days. Default divorces may be taken by affidavit. If you have a pending criminal or domestic relations court date, contact your attorney for further instructions. 

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said that in reference to the Fiscal session, the Constitution dictates that the legislation will meet at that time. They will meet in session, but based upon the circumstance, they will take precautions they feel needed.

This list will be updated with the latest information.

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