Judge Alice Lightle was first appointed by Governor Mike Beebe in June 2007 to fill out the remaining term in Little Rock District Court, Third Division (colloquially known as Environmental Court). She became the first woman to serve as a permanent District (formerly Municipal) Judge in Little Rock history.
In November 2008, she was elected to a four year term in the Little Rock District Court, First Division (informally called Criminal Court). This made her the first woman to be elected a Little Rock District Judge. She was re-elected in 2012 and again in May 2016, when she was unopposed. She started her third term in January 2017.
Judge Lightle comes from a family of attorneys and public servants. Prior to serving as a judge, she was a former assistant state attorney general and commissioner on the state Workers Compensation Commission.