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, Oct 2014 - 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.
30, Oct 2014 - MT Supreme Court orders response from state in latest Barry Beach petition
BILLINGS - The Montana Supreme Court has ordered a response from state authorities in the latest petition filed by lawyers for Barry Beach.
30, Oct 2014 - Montana Supreme Court Orders a Response for Barry Beach
The Montana Supreme Court orders state authorities to respond to a petition filed last week by the lawyers of Barry Beach.
30, 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 ...
30, Oct 2014 - Missoula, MT More sentences handed down in Missoula for child exploitation case
MISSOULA - The Montana U.S. Attorney's Office ahs announced that 11 men have been sentenced for their role in an international child pornography network which was targeted by investigators and prosecutors participating in Operation Kingdom Conqueror.
29, Oct 2014 - Gallatin, MT Man gets prison time for helping Bozeman fugitive out of shackles
BOZEMAN - The man who helped a fugitive escape from his leg shackles and handcuffs will spend the next five years in the Montana State Prison.
29, Oct 2014 - Montana man among those sentenced in child pornography ring
MISSOULA - The Montana U.S. Attorney's Office has announced that 11 men have been sentenced for their role in an international child pornography network which was targeted by investigators and prosecutors participating in Operation Kingdom Conqueror.
29, Oct 2014 - Richland, MT Colorado man pleads guilty to oil patch murder of teacher, Sherry Arnold
A Colorado man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of a Montana teacher in an oil boom town where residents say their lives were forever altered by the crime.
29, Oct 2014 - 11 men sentenced for online child porn group
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man who created an online bulletin board that allowed members to exchange child pornography is one of 11 men from eight states who were recently sentenced to between 15 and nearly 19 years in federal prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
29, Oct 2014 - Missoula, MT 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.
29, 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.
29, Oct 2014 - Richland, MT Man Pleads Guilty in Oil Patch Killing of Teacher Sherry Arnold
SIDNEY – A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to the 2012 murder of a Montana teacher in an oil boom town where residents say their lives were forever altered by the crime.
29, Oct 2014 - Supreme Court orders response from state in latest Barry Beach petition
BILLINGS - The Montana Supreme Court has ordered a response from state authorities in the latest petition filed by lawyers for Barry Beach.
29, Oct 2014 - Significant cases involving Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat
Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat, who’s running for re-election, has signed or written scores of cases in his nearly five years on the court.
29, Oct 2014 - 17 Charged in Montana Meth, Gun Ring
Seventeen people are arraigned in federal court on drug and gun charges in a case the U.S. Attorney's Office is calling a "substantial" drug trafficking operation.
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