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 Some information regarding Workers Compensation Court cases can be found on the courts website at
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12, Oct 2014 - Judge lowers damages against Hyundai in crash case
POLSON, Montana (AP) — A Montana judge has reduced a punitive damages award from $240 million to $73 million in a lawsuit filed against Hyundai over a crash that killed two Missoula cousins in July 2011.
12, Oct 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Teacher's rape sentence increased 12,000%
A Montana teacher who was originally sentenced to serve 31 days after he pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old student was re-sentenced Friday to nearly 10 years in prison, according to a prosecutor in the case.
12, Oct 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Montana prosecutor seeks 10 years for teacher rapist; defense says 2 years enough
A Montana prosecutor will seek 10 years in prison for a teacher who raped a 14-year-old student after the Supreme Court rejected a one-month sentence handed down earlier by a judge who pinned responsibility on the victim.
12, Oct 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Prosecutor seeks 10 years for teacher rapist
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana prosecutor is seeking 10 years in prison for a teacher who raped a 14-year-old student, after the Supreme Court rejected a one-month sentence from an earlier judge whose comments pinned some responsibility on the victim.
12, Oct 2014 - Missoula, MT Justices deny Mines Management appeal to oust judge
The Montana Supreme Court upheld a denial for a substitution of judge Tuesday in a case between Mines Management and a group of claimholders now associated with former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer.
12, Oct 2014 - Rosebud, MT Judge's Racist Emails—Are Native Plaintiffs Getting Closer?
“Bias destroys our communities,” said Blackfeet tribal member Lita Pepion, board member of Indian Peoples Action, in Butte, Montana....
12, Oct 2014 - Ninth Circuit ruling could mean gay marriage in Montana
HELENA -- A ruling Tuesday from a federal appeals court could lead to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Montana.
12, Oct 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Montana ex-teacher to be re-sentenced in rape case after outcry
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - An ex-teacher from Montana is to be re-sentenced on Friday for raping a 14-year-old student, after a court earlier jailed him for only one month in a judgment that outraged women's rights activists. A prosecutor has recommended that former Billings High School instructor Stacey Rambold instead serve 10 years in prison for the 2007 rape of his pupil, Cherice Moralez ...
12, Oct 2014 - Missoula, MT BOLO Alert - Wanted in Montana: Sean Lee Marceau
BILLINGS - The U.S. Marshals Service in Montana has issued a BOLO Alert for 30-year-old Sean Lee Marceau.
12, Oct 2014 - Montana couple reacts to U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision
BILLINGS -- Nicole Goubeaux of Billings watched her Facebook page light up one post right after another - that's how she learned that the U.S. Supreme Court decided it will not hear appeals from five states seeking to uphold bans on same-sex marriages.
12, Oct 2014 - Flathead, MT Lawyers want county attorney’s office investigated
Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2014 1:28 pm | Updated: 7:49 am, Mon Sep 22, 2014. Alleging unethical and criminal activities by county prosecutors and a drug enforcement officer, three local attorneys have asked the Montana Attorney General’s Office for a full investigation.
12, Oct 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Community conversation works to solve Montana meth problem
BILLINGS - Statistics show that 50% of incarcerated adults are in prison in Montana for crimes related to methamphetamine - a problem has plagued the state for more than a decade.
12, Oct 2014 - Ravalli, MT ‘Ticked off’ Herbert ran for Supreme Court to protest incumbent's free-speech dissent
Editor’s note: Today, the Ravalli Republic begins a series of stories profiling the candidates for Montana Supreme Court.
12, Oct 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Montana ex-teacher re-sentenced to 10 years for rape of student
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - An ex-teacher from Montana whose month in jail for the rape of a 14-year-old student triggered public outrage was re-sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison in a case that a state prosecutor said would bolster rape victims' rights. Stacey Rambold, a former Billings High School instructor, pleaded guilty last year to one count of sexual intercourse without consent ...
12, Oct 2014 - Missoula, MT Supreme Court mum on gay marriage, Montana not impacted
The U.S. Supreme Court is opening the door for the expansion of same-sex marriage by saying it will not decide on gay marriage cases.
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