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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02, Aug 2014 - Montana AG asks court to uphold gay marriage ban
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's attorney general asked a federal court Thursday to uphold the state's constitutional same-sex marriage ban in response to a lawsuit that seeks to overturn it.
01, Aug 2014 - Deer Lodge, MT State Prison needs 65 additional guards
HELENA (AP) — Department of Corrections officials are searching for creative ways to cover guard shifts at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge while trying to recruit candidates to fill 65 opening
01, Aug 2014 - Deer Lodge, MT Montana State Prison needs 65 additional guards
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Department of Corrections officials are searching for creative ways to cover guard shifts at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge while trying to recruit candidates to fill 65 o
01, Aug 2014 - Deer Lodge, MT Montana State Prison needs 65 guards
Department of Corrections officials are searching for creative ways to cover guard shifts at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge while seeking to fill 65 openings for correctional officers.
01, Aug 2014 - Court: Freed felons still face gun restrictions
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Freed Montana felons can't possess any firearms if they don't qualify for a concealed-weapons permit, even though the state's Constitution restores the civil rights of offenders who have served their time, a federal appellate court panel ruled. The July 16 ruling by a three-judge ...
01, Aug 2014 - West Yellowstone, MT Smoke jumpers have long history in the Gila National Forest
SILVER CITY >> From May 25 to June 25, 1947, a foreman and eight smoke jumpers from Montana and a Nordyn-Norseman plane with a pilot from Oregon were asked to come to the Gila National Forest as an experimental trial for smoke jumping during the spring season of lightning fires for the Gila Wilderness Area, according to a news release.
01, Aug 2014 - Lincoln, MT County seeks stiffer penalties for drivers who damage roads
Drivers who do significant damage to Lincoln County roads could soon be charged with criminal mischief and face up to 10 years in Montana State Prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted.
01, Aug 2014 - Ruling: Montana felons can't own firearms after serving time, probation
According to a new judgment from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Montana felons who have completed their sentence and probation will no longer be able to own firearms.
01, Aug 2014 - Montana judge to be censured over rape comments
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday will publicly reprimand a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.
01, Aug 2014 - Montana judge censured over rape comments - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday publicly reprimanded a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.
01, Aug 2014 - Deer Lodge, MT New ruling says Montana felons can't own firearms
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a convicted felon, who completed his sentence, isn't allowed to own firearms.
31, Jul 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Resentencing set in teacher rape case
A resentencing date has been set in the case of a former Montana teacher who spent a month in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 14-year-old student in 2007.
31, Jul 2014 - Court backs claim by cycling legend LeMond
The Montana Supreme Court ruled that three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond holds a legitimate damages claim in a property dispute at the members-only Yellowstone Club but left unresolved the question ...
31, Jul 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Resentencing set in Montana teacher rape case
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana teacher who spent a month in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 14-year-old student will be resentenced on Sept. 26.
31, Jul 2014 - Homeless man gets four-month sentence
Jesus Montana appeared in court Thursday with attorney Amanda Speichert for a plea hearing on a misdemeanor trespassing charge.
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