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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25, Oct 2014 - Montana Supreme Court race: Wheat touts years of experience
HELENA – Justice Mike Wheat points to his years of legal experience as the chief reason to elect him to a full eight-year term on the Montana Supreme Court.
25, Oct 2014 - Man to plead guilty to killing Montana teacher in cocaine frenzy
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Colorado man accused of killing a Montana teacher during a cocaine-fueled frenzy has agreed to plead guilty to murder as part of a deal in which prosecutors will dismiss a kidnapping charge in the case, court documents showed on Wednesday. Michael Spell, 25, of Parachute, Colorado, will admit to his role in the strangling death of math instructor Sherry Arnold ...
25, Oct 2014 - Glacier, MT Montana State Prison Inmate Dies of Extended Illness
Montana State Prison officials say an elderly inmate serving a 134 year sentence passed away Tuesday night of an extended illness.
25, Oct 2014 - Man gets 34 months in prison for threat to bomb Missoula, Billings courthouses
A Montana man who threatened to bomb the Missoula and Billings federal courthouses over a $692 debt will spend the next 34 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
25, Oct 2014 - Anaconda, MT Court Rejects Lawyer’s Request to Disbar Him
HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has rejected an Anaconda attorney’s unusual request to immediately disbar him over more than $354,000 stolen from clients and a trial lawyers’ organization for which he was the longtime secretary and treasurer.
25, Oct 2014 - Missoula, MT Campaign mailer was a political science experiment
In what sounds like a plot from an eerie science fiction movie, a campaign mailer recently sent to Montana voters with information about this year’s Montana Supreme Court justice candidates was part of an experiment conducted by researchers at Stanford University and Dartmouth College.
25, Oct 2014 - Lake, MT Convicted murderer dies at Montana State Prison
DEER LODGE - Officials at Montana State Prison say an inmate has died from an extended illness.
25, Oct 2014 - Lake, MT Inmate convicted of Great Falls murder dies in prison
DEER LODGE -- Officials at the Montana State Prison say that inmate James Burt Dieziger has died from an extended illness.
25, Oct 2014 - Missoula, MT Wednesday afternoon Montana news headlines
MISSOULA - A man who called KPAX TV threatening to blow up the federal courthouses last April in Missoula and Billings has been sentenced to 34 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen also gave Michael Lewis Andrews, 65, three years of supervised release. Christensen also ordered Andrews to receive mental health treatment as part of the sentence.
24, Oct 2014 - Deer Lodge, MT Man convicted of 2 murders dies in prison
DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana State Prison inmate who was serving 100 years for two murders in Great Falls in December 1976 has died of an extended illness.
24, Oct 2014 - Stanford Apologizes for Supreme Court mailers
Stanford University is apologizing to Montana voters and the Secretary of State for a political mailer -- part of a research project by political scientists -- that improperly uses the seal of the state of Montana .
24, Oct 2014 - Stanford University apologizes for Supreme Court mailers sent to Montana voters
HELENA -- Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch hosted a press conference in Helena on Thursday to talk about some deceptive campaign mailers (flyers) that some people have received lately.
24, Oct 2014 - Campaign mailer may have been a political science experiment
In what sounds like a plot from an eerie science fiction movie, a campaign mailer recently sent to Montana voters with information about this year’s Montana Supreme Court justice candidates may have been part of an experiment conducted by researchers at Stanford University and Dartmouth College.
24, Oct 2014 - AFP launches ads against Montana Supreme Court candidate Wheat
HELENA – A conservative political group launched TV and radio ads attacking Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat on Thursday, becoming the fourth outside group spending to influence the outcome of the campaign between Wheat and his challenger, former state solicitor Lawrence VanDyke.
24, Oct 2014 - Helena, MT Judge refuses to enjoin state campaign finance laws
A federal judge has blocked a Helena nonprofit group’s attempt to prevent Montana’s political practices commissioner and attorney general and the Lewis and Clark County attorney from enforcing state campaign-finance laws.
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