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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30, Sep 2014 - ND man gets 30 years for meth trafficking in the Bakken
BUTTE - A Minot, North Dakota man who trafficked over 34 pounds of methamphetamine in and around Montana was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.
30, Sep 2014 - Kalispell, MT Letter asks state to investigate the Flathead County Attorney?s office over allegations of prosecut
A group of attorneys in the Flathead is asking the Montana Attorney General to investigate the Flathead County Attorney’s office over allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.
30, Sep 2014 - Lake, MT Moses Lake man sentenced to federal prison for leading meth ring
MOSES LAKE - A Moses Lake man led a major drug trafficking ring that stretched from western Washington to Montana and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
30, Sep 2014 - Mont. DOJ: Spell fit for trial
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the Montana Department of Justice asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject a Colorado man's petition to be declared unfit to stand trial in the oil-pat
30, Sep 2014 - Ryan Leaf Sentenced To 5 Years For Violating Probation, Won’t Serve Time
Ryan Leaf’s after-NFL life takes yet another weird turn. Fox Sports reported that Leaf was sentenced to five years in a Texas prison for probation violation, but will not serve any time. Leaf violated probation when he was arrested in Montana for breaking into a private residence to find and steal prescription drugs. Leaf plead Ryan Leaf Sentenced To 5 Years For Violating Probation, Won’t Serve ...
30, Sep 2014 - Prosecutors: Statements in murder voluntary
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - 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.
30, Sep 2014 - Montana court candidates discuss campaign spending
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The four candidates in Montana's two contested elections this fall debated the influence of outside spending and partisan politics in judicial campaigns in their first meeting a
30, Sep 2014 - Musselshell, MT Records: Man urged victim to kill self via webcam - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man in prison for raping a girl starting when she was 12 is now charged with trying to persuade her to kill herself by cutting her wrists and taking prescription medication while he watched on a webcam.
30, Sep 2014 - Musselshell, MT Rapist tried to get teen victim to kill herself on webcam: docs
BILLINGS, Mont. — A Montana man in prison for raping a girl starting when she was 12 is now charged with trying to persuade her to kill herself by cutting her...
30, Sep 2014 - Tuesday morning Montana news headlines
HAMILTON - A criminal endangerment charge against a woman sitting behind bars in the Ravalli County jail is stirring debate. The story starts at the Ravalli County Adult Detention Center where a pregnant 21-year-old Casey Allen is awaiting for trial. Her bail is set at $100,000.
30, Sep 2014 - Musselshell, MT Documents: Man tried to get 15-year-old rape victim to kill herself while he watched on webcam
BILLINGS, Mont. - A Montana man in prison for raping a girl starting when she was 12 is now charged with trying to persuade her to kill herself by cutting her wrists and taking prescription medication ...
30, Sep 2014 - Kalispell, MT Lawyers want Flathead County Attorney?s Office investigated
A group of attorneys in the Flathead is asking the Montana Attorney General to investigate the Flathead County Attorney’s office over allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.
30, Sep 2014 - 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.
30, Sep 2014 - Montana ordered to release rape records to author
A judge has ordered the University of Montana to turn over to author Jon Krakauer any records on how the state's higher education commissioner handled a rape case against Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson.
30, Sep 2014 - Supreme Court candidates address Citizens United ruling
The University of Montana School of Law’s recent forum for four Montana Supreme Court candidates prompted lively debate over issues ranging from outside spending in nonpartisan Supreme Court races and rights of criminals to the controversial Barry Beach case and jury nullification.
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