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Arkansas Code Title 16. Practice, Procedure, and Courts § 16-85-403. Contents

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(a)(1) The language of the indictment must be certain as to the title of the prosecution, the name of the court in which the indictment is presented, and the name of the parties.

(2) Upon request of the defendant, the state shall file a bill of particulars setting out the act or acts upon which it relies for conviction.

(b) An indictment may be substantially in the following form:

“The State of Arkansas,

vs. __________ In the Pulaski Circuit Court.

John Doe.

The grand jury of Pulaski County, in the name and by the authority of the State of Arkansas, accuse John Doe of the crime of murder in the first degree (or other crime, as the case may be), committed as follows:  The said John Doe, on January 1, 1936, in Pulaski County, did murder Richard Roe, against the peace and dignity of the State of Arkansas.”

(c) The indictment must be direct and certain as regards:

(1) The party charged;

(2) The offense or offenses charged;

(3) The county in which the offense or offenses were committed;  and

(4) The particular circumstances of the offense or offenses charged where they are necessary to constitute a complete offense or offenses.

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