Courts in Montana
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Montana's Municipal Courts only handle traffic and parking issues. Montana's Justice Courts and City Courts also handle traffic issues, and share jurisdiction over cases related to torts, contracts, and real property - Justice Courts also handle small claims cases. Montana has Water Courts that adjudicate water rights disputes, and Workers Compensation Courts, which exclusively handle Workers Compensation issues. Montana's District Courts a wide variety of claims including those relating to torts, contracts, real property, mental health, estates, domestic relations, and juvenile issues, as well as criminal cases and other civil cases. The Montana Supreme Court hears all types of appeals, including those in civil, criminal, and administrative cases.

To obtain copies of Montana court records for a District Court case, contact the Clerk of Courts for the court where the case took place. To obtain copies of Montana court documents in a Justice, Municipal, or City court case, contact the office of the judge who handled the case. A directory of Montana courts can be found at http://courts.mt.gov/locator/default.mcpx. Some information regarding Workers Compensation Court cases can be found on the courts website at http://wcc.dli.mt.gov/.
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16, Sep 2014 - Six justices defend rule banning partisan judicial endorsements
HELENA — Six of the seven Montana Supreme Court justices have filed a friends-of-the-court brief asking a federal judge to uphold a 2008 state judicial rule that prohibits judicial candidates from seeking or accepting partisan endorsements.
16, Sep 2014 - Missoula man will be re-sentenced for DUI
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Missoula man should be re-sentenced for aggravated DUI and felony criminal endangerment because the judge did not follow the sentence recomme
16, Sep 2014 - Missoula, MT Legislators push bill allowing governor to override parole board
A legislative panel pushed a draft bill allowing Montana's governor to grant clemency to state prison inmates at a meeting in Helena Wednesday morning.
16, Sep 2014 - Park, MT Inmate Dies After Extended Illness
A Montana State Prison inmate died this morning after extended illness, prison personnel say.
16, Sep 2014 - Justices seek to uphold partisan endorsement ban
Six of the seven Montana Supreme Court justices have asked a federal judge to uphold a rule that prevents judicial candidates from pursuing or accepting partisan endorsements.
16, Sep 2014 - Park, MT Man accused in Letterman kidnap plot released
A man who was accused of plotting to kidnap talk show host David Letterman's young son and nanny nine years ago was released from a Montana prison Thursday, state corrections officials said.
16, Sep 2014 - Lake, MT Washington state man named as ringleader of Bakken drug ring gets 20 years prison
A Montana judge has sentenced the leader of an interstate drug ring to 20 years in prison for his role in a trafficking operation that stretched from western Washington to the Bakken oil fields of the Northern Plains.
16, Sep 2014 - Leaf sentenced to 5 years in Texas, gets credit for Montana prison time
LUBBOCK, Texas — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation.
15, Sep 2014 - PSC calls on court to strike city of Missoula's brief in Mountain Water rate case
Missoula County District Court should strike the city of Missoula’s brief in a petition to review a recent rate case because the document is full of “immaterial, impertinent, (and) scandalous” information, according to the Montana Public Service Commission.
15, Sep 2014 - Infamous NFL bust sentenced
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation, but he won't have to serve any time behind bars in Texas because of time he's served in Montana.
15, Sep 2014 - Libby, MT Libby judge warns attorney general about DUI program
Lincoln County District Judge James Wheelis told Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and 11 prosecutors and law enforcement officials that he will penalize them if they contact him again about the state’s 24/7 Sobriety Program outside of a courtroom.
15, Sep 2014 - Utah Volleyball Team Beats Missouri State 3-2
The Utes improve to 2-0 on the season after downing Montana State on Friday. Schofield-Olsen, who recently married Runnin' Utes forward/center Jeremy Olsen, recorded a team-high 14 kills, and Makenzie Moea’i tallied a career-high six blocks as the Utes rallied from a 2-1 deficit to down Missouri State, 3-2 (21-25, 25-13, 23-25, 15-10), inside Crimson Court Saturday morning. Senior Bailey Bateman ...
15, Sep 2014 - Havre, MT Former Northern player sentenced on pot charge
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - A former Montana State University-Northern men's basketball player who had been working in the school's admissions office has been given a four-year deferred sentence in a marijuana case. The Havre Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1uJ46dN ) District Judge Dan Boucher sentenced Joe C. Simpson II ...
15, Sep 2014 - Havre, MT Montana woman gets 13 years in prison for child's death
A Box Elder woman has been sentenced to just over 13 years in prison for her role in the death of her boyfriend's 11-month-old son.
15, Sep 2014 - Prosecutors: Statements in Bakken murder voluntary
Prosecutors in eastern Montana asked a state judge Wednesday to deny a defense request to suppress an alleged confession by the suspect in a high-profile murder case.
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