Craighead Co. District Court launches new, convenient database

Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 at 5:46 PM CDT
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(Source: KAIT)
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CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Craighead County District court is asking the public to get connected.

A new state-wide database rolled out on Wednesday and the program will save you time and be more convenient.

"The Context Program is a new rollout for Craighead County District Court," said Judge Tommy Fowler. "We are replacing our old system which was brought in in 1994."

Context allows the public to pay and view district court fines online on a 24/7 basis.

"You can take care of your obligations to the court," said Fowler. "It just makes it easier for everyone to take care of their business. For instance, if you get a ticket this afternoon for no seat belt, and you want to just pay it but can't get off work to go up to court to pay it, Saturday night at midnight you can log on and pay it."

The new tech-friendly system allows the court to better connect with multiple agencies, which Fowler said will help prevent overlap and mistakes.

"So, if you had a warrant for instance and you came into court and got that taken care of, as soon as it's taken care of its immediately logged into Context and everyone knows," said Fowler. "Now we don't have the potential overlap having to contact another agency to say hey this person has paid their ticket we need to squash their warrant, pull it, we don't want them improperly arrested."

Fowler said the county received a $100,000 Arkansas Department of Transportation grant to implement the system, which ultimately did not cost taxpayers any money.

You can get connected on the new Craighead County District Court Context Program here.

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