24 April, 2019

Judge Melanie Martin Announces Intent to Seek Re-Election

PULASKI COUNTY, ARKANSAS—Judge Melanie Martin announced today her intention to seek re-election to the position of Little Rock District Court Judge, which is elected countywide and presides over criminal cases. Judge Martin was elected in 2018 to an unexpired term created by the retirement of Judge Alice Lightle. The general, non-partisan judicial election will be held on March 3, 2020.

Judge Martin has sought to find options for individuals to reduce the rate of recidivism. She has been a tireless advocate for justice, and has conducted “Little Rock Leniency Court,” which gives options to citizens with outstanding fines and warrants for failure to appear or failure to comply, with the hope that these second chances will help those persons become productive members of society. She has also revised policies of access to court records to make the business of the court more accessible to the public.

Judge Martin is a former prosecutor in the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she made a career of making Pulaski County a safer place to live. She oversaw the office’s training programs, gang unit, major crimes unit, and several circuit court divisions.

Judge Martin received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law. Over the years, she has served in various capacities within the bar, including as President of the Pulaski County Bar Association and the Pulaski County Bar Foundation. She has also taught trial practice for years as an adjunct professor.

She resides in Little Rock with her husband, David Martin. She is the mother of their two college student daughters, Maggie and Katie, and their 13-year-old dachshund, Fritz.

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