Garland County District Court



FAIR TRIALS with an unbiased judge

FIRM PUNISHMENTS for guilty parties

FOCUSING on how the court system can best serve Garland County residents

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Garland County voters deserve the opportunity to make an informed decision about which candidate is most qualified to serve as District Court Judge.

Compare Tamra Barrett's experience with her opponent's then decide: Which candidate is qualified and prepared to serve in Garland County's busiest court starting "Day One?"


Many voters in Garland County are surprised to learn how differently our District and Circuit Courts operate.

You may hear a lawyer discuss their experience prosecuting violent felonies and sending people to the penitentiary for life and death sentences. That only happens in Circuit Court. As a result, the lawyer will see a smaller caseload over the course of the year with verdicts being rendered by juries.

District Court is often called "The Problem-Solving Court" because it deals with a wide range of offenses. From traffic tickets and noise complaints to DUIs and misdemeanor drug charges, District Court is most often the entry point for individuals entering the justice system. You're not likely to see jury trials in District Court, the Judge is the one that decides the course of action.

Facing an overcrowded detention center and over 40,000 cases coming before the bench each year - the Garland County District Judge must make smart decisions in a short amount of time.

Tamra Barrett has been working as a Deputy Defense Attorney in Garland County District Court for over 20 years. She has thousands of hours of experience, has covered a range of offenses, and is committed to making sure that our justice system best serves Garland County.

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Meet Tamra Barrett

A life-long Arkansan, Tamra Barrett is dedicated to ensuring safety, security and justice for all residents of Garland County.  Watch the video to learn more about Tamra's background and motivation. 


Meet the Campaign Team

Campaign Co-chairs Ann Hill and Blair Garthright share why they feel so passionate about Tamra Barrett and her commitment to serving Garland County.

Issues Facing Garland County

During her twenty years spent working in District Court, Tamra Barrett has developed a keen understanding of the issues facing Garland County.

That is why she's determined to fix them.

Tamra Barrett has a keen understanding of the individuals who frequently find themselves within the court system, the programs available to help those who want it, and the punitive measures necessary for those who need it.


"Why I'm Voting For Tamra Barrett"

Listen to Garland County residents discuss the reasons why they'll be casting a ballot for Tamra Barrett starting May 7.

Misconceptions About Defense Attorneys

It's not unusual for people to have misconceptions about defense attorneys. Contrary to popular belief, the goal of a defense attorney isn't to help criminals avoid punishment.

Tamra Barrett, like many defense attorneys, believes in upholding the Constitution and ensuring that the law is followed and our rights are protected.

That's why she aims to work with clients, law enforcement officers, and community stakeholders to find the truth and apply appropriate sentences when necessary.


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Tamra Barrett has over twenty years of experience in practicing law. As a native resident of Garland County, Barrett is acutely familiar with both the issues facing its citizens and the programs available to make a difference. 

"The most important quality a judge in this position can have is to know the right questions to ask," notes Barrett. "There are people who need to serve time in a detention. But there are also individuals who could better contribute to our community through the successful completion of the programs available through the Garland County court system." 

I firmly believe that through my experience as Deputy Public Defender, I am able to ask the right questions, serve impartially, and make fair decisions that best serve individuals, families, and the Garland County community in the long term.

During my tenure as a public defender, I have had the opportunity to serve on thousands of cases within the District Court system, providing me with an unparalleled understanding of the needs and expectations of the position, and with clear understanding of the unique opportunity to impact our community by reaching so many people that come through District Court.
— Tamra Barrett