Civil Litigation Division
The Civil Litigation Division of the Civil Department defends state agencies, officials, boards, and commissions when they are named as defendants in civil lawsuits. These cases include federal civil rights lawsuits filed by inmates against prison officials, employment lawsuits brought by current or former state employees, claims against the State Police arising from stops and arrests, and a broad range of other litigation.
The lawyers in the Civil Litigation Division also initiate lawsuits to protect the interests of the state. Such cases include actions seeking reimbursement from Arkansas prison inmates for the costs of their care and custody, or actions against physicians who default on their commitment to practice medicine in rural Arkansas communities.
The Litigation Division handles approximately 450 cases each year in state and federal courts.