Lindsay seeks re-election as 4th district circuit judge

Posted: February 27, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Mark Lindsay

Mark Lindsay

FAYETTEVILLE -- Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay filed Monday for a fourth term on the bench in the 4th Judicial District.

"I feel extremely blessed to have held this job for almost 18 years," Lindsay said Monday. "I appreciate the trust that voters have put in me, and I hope they will put their trust in me for the next six years."

Lindsay, 63, hears primarily criminal cases, but has also been assigned other cases.

"I think I have fulfilled the spirit of Amendment 80 that was passed the year I was first elected, which combined the former law courts with the equity courts, and the spirit was that every judge should be ready to hear any type of case," Lindsay said.

Lindsey noted he's presided over civil, probate, domestic relations and criminal cases.

"So, I feel like I have lived out the spirit of Amendment 80, and I feel like I've lived up to the promise that I made to voters every time I have been elected and that was that they would get a fair and impartial trial in my court," he said.

Lindsay has served as a circuit judge in Washington and Madison counties since March 27, 2000, first as an appointee to fill the unexpired term of Thomas F. Butt, who retired. He ran successfully nine months later for the open seat. Lindsay is the judge in Division VI. The position pays $162,300 annually. The nonpartisan judicial election is May 22.

"As far as any changes I can make, we have a problem with overcrowding in the jail, so I want to continue to make sure that every criminal defendant in my court gets a fair trail and that we don't rush them to trial, but at the same time make sure that we all do everything we can to reach a trial in as prompt a fashion as possible," Lindsay said.

Lindsay was in private practice for 21 years and was a municipal court judge in West Fork for 15 years before he became a circuit judge.

Lindsay earned his undergraduate degree in business administration and then his law degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 1979.

Previously, Lindsay taught adult education classes at the Northwest Arkansas School of Real Estate, Arkansas Judicial Council and Arkansas District Judges Council.

He is a member and past president of the Washington County Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association and a member of the American Bar Association, Arkansas Judicial Council and is a past president of the Arkansas District Judges Council.

The Arkansas Supreme Court appointed Lindsay to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission in 2016.

Lindsay is licensed to practice law before the Arkansas Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas and the U.S. Supreme Court.

NW News on 02/27/2018