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non-partisanNon-partisan judicial races present special challenges to informed voters — without a party label, it becomes trickier to determine whether a candidate adheres to conservative principles and won’t “legislate from the bench.”

As we know, judicial candidates cannot answer questions about issues that might come up in their courtrooms, so many questions we’d like answered are off-limits during a campaign.  Things are even more confusing when we voters don’t really understand the judicial system and how it works (district, circuit, criminal, civil, domestic, small claims?).

We offer our newest series — “Arkansas Judiciary 101” — to help you unravel the structure and responsibilities of the Arkansas court system.  Watch also for companion articles on the judges who currently sit on each court, how they got elected, and who is running for those non-partisan positions in 2014.