The District Court in Fort Smith has exclusive jurisdiction within the territorial limits of the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas. This Court exercises jurisdiction over traffic violations, misdemeanor criminal cases, preliminary felony cases, civil cases, small claims cases and violations of city ordinance.


The mission of the District Court of Sebastian County, Arkansas, Fort Smith Division is to provide prompt, courteous, accessible services dedicated to ensuring equal justice in the resolution of criminal prosecutions, traffic charges, civil matters and other court related services of district court jurisdiction.

Court Clerks are not allowed to give legal advice.
Anyone in need of legal advice must contact an attorney.

Clerks are often asked by defendants, victims, attorneys, the news media, and other court users for advice as to how the court works. The Clerk has an important role in explaining procedures, but must be careful not to give legal advice. Giving legal advice is prohibited as the unauthorized practice of law and may subject the Clerk to criminal charges or liability. The Clerk is only allowed to explain court procedures and advise patrons of their options.