U.S. District Court Criminal Filings Mixed, Bankruptcies Decline

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 12:00 am  

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge for the Western District of Arkansas (left) and U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer of the Eastern District.

Criminal charges in the U.S. District Court’s Western District of Arkansas climbed 7.1 percent for the 12-month period that ended March 31, 2012.

The Western District had 302 criminal filings for the 12-month period that ended March 31, 2012, while in Arkansas’ Eastern District, there were 274 new criminal cases, a decline of 10.5 percent from the previous 12 months, which were the latest numbers available from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Arkansas cities in the Western District include Fayetteville and Hot Springs. Eastern District cities include Jonesboro, Little Rock and Pine Bluff. The U.S. Attorney for the Western District is Conner Eldridge.

There were 271 criminal cases resolved in the Eastern District during the 12-month period that ended March 31, 2012, which was a decline of 16.1 percent from the pervious year. In the Western District, 288 criminal cases were closed, which was a drop of 4 percent over the previous year.

The Eastern District reported 345 criminal cases pending as of March 31, 2012, which was about the same number on March 31, 2011, at the same time last year. The Western District saw its pending criminal cases increase 8.4 percent to 246 on March 31, 2012.

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District is Christopher Thyer.

Bankruptcy filings, meanwhile, were down 10.6 percent in Arkansas for the same 12-month period.

Across the country, filings were down 14.4 percent to 1.17 million.

In Arkansas’ Eastern District, 7,815 filings occurred, which was down 8 percent from the same period a year ago. Of the new filings, 3,508 were Chapter 7 liquidations.

As of March 31, there were 15,935 bankruptcy cases pending, a decline of 2.9 percent from the previous 12 months. In the Western District, new bankruptcy filings fell 14.4 percent to 4,894.

The Western District had 2,930 Chapter 7 filings in the period. It also has 9,226 cases pending, down 5.4 percent from the same period a year ago. n

 

 

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