This guide is not intended as a legal reference or to provide legal advice, but as an aid to further understanding of the criminal justice system in Arkansas.A Crime Victim's Guide to the Justice System in Arkansas This guide provides an overview of the criminal justice system in Arkansas.It is intended to assist victims of crime in understanding the functions and responsibilities of criminal justice agencies.
Working closely with prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement officers frequently testify at trials.
Officers testify on the contents of the police report, evidence collected at the scene, and how the evidence was preserved for presentation in court.
These services are discussed in the "Victim Services" section of this Guide.
Back to Top In Arkansas, the prosecuting attorney is responsible for making the decision to charge a person with committing a crime based on the investigative information provided by law enforcement.
After the initial report is taken, a detective, or another officer with specialized skills, may be assigned to the case.
Jurisdiction regarding law enforcement agencies' responsibilities, as they relate to a particular crime, can vary.
Therefore, officers may be required to prohibit public access.
Many times property must be removed from the crime scene and taken to the crime lab for processing.
These conversations are often audio taped or video taped.
This seemingly intrusive technique can prevent unnecessary, repetitive interviews of the witnesses.
A Crime Victim's Guide to the Justice System in Arkansas was written to assist victims of crime in better understanding the Arkansas criminal justice system so they are more able to exercise their rights.