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State of Arkansas

Methods of Judicial Selection: Arkansas

Removal of Judges

Arkansas judges may be removed in one of three ways:
  • The judicial discipline and disability commission, which is responsible for enforcing the Arkansas Code of Judicial Conduct, has the authority to investigate, as well as to initiate, complaints concerning misconduct of judges. After notice and hearing, the commission may, by majority vote of the membership, recommend to the supreme court that a judge be suspended or removed, and the supreme court sitting en banc may take such action.
  • Judges may be impeached by the house of representatives and convicted by two thirds of the senate.
  • The governor may remove judges for good cause upon the joint address of two thirds of the members of both houses of the general assembly.