Pursuant to Act 1081 of 2015
, the Grant County District Court became part of the Thirty-Third District Court District and became a full-time State District Court covering the Cities of Sheridan, Perla, Rockport, Malvern and Hot Spring and Grant Counties.
The District Court Judge is an elected position, elected by the voters District wide and has District wide jurisdiction. The judge then appoints a District Court Clerk and Deputy District Court Clerks. The Grant County Distict Court has a Court Administrator, a District Court Clerk and three Deputy District Court Clerks, with two of them being full time employees and one part-time employee.
The District Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor and other violations of state law and local ordinances, preliminary felony cases and civil cases involving contracts, damage to personal property and recovery of personal property in matters less than $25,000. A small claims division provides a forum in which citizens represent themselves to resolve contracts and personal property matters of less than $5,000.
From left to right: Sheila Hall, Sharon Murphy, Jody Logan, Sherry Burnett, Chris Beason, Vickie Sipes
Court Room Etiquette
The Court’s goal is to provide superior customer service and to create a user-friendly atmosphere. In return, the Court expects all visitors to respect the Court and its staff. Here are several things you need to know before entering the courtroom.
- It is important to understand the appropriate dress code for Court. This is a professional setting and you are encouraged to dress accordingly. Shirts and shoes are required. Hats must be removed before entering the courtroom.
- No photography, audio or video recording is allowed without prior authorization of the Court.
- There is no smoking, food or drinks allowed in the courtroom.
- Weapons are strictly prohibited from the building.
- There are no child care facilities provided by the Court. Children who become noisy will be required to remain outside the courtroom under adult supervision.
- A court session begins when the bailiff states, “All rise.” Everyone in the courtroom should rise. The Judge will take her place on the bench. Please be patient and wait until your name is called. Once you have been called, you may proceed to the podium before Judge Burnett.
- Be on time and stay in the courtroom until your name is called.
- Disruptive behavior such as talking, laughing, shouting or creating other loud disturbances will not be tolerated. The security staff may remove offenders from the building and the Judge may hold you in contempt of court.
- Stand with proper posture when you speak and when the Judge speaks to you. Address the Judge as “Your Honor.”
- Do not use slang unless it is a direct quote from the evidence stated as testimony.
- Bring pertinent paperwork relevant to your charge(s). Always pass all documents to the court bailiff. Never directly approach the Judge’s bench.
- If you do not understand a part of the procedure, please ask for an explanation.