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, Sep 2014 - Jefferson, MT Suspect in 3 killings on reservation due in court
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man accused in a triple murder on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation is due in court Wednesday for a mental health competency hearing.
02, Sep 2014 - Author, state seek ruling on rape case records
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Attorneys for "Into the Wild" author Jon Krakauer and the Montana University System asked a Helena judge Wednesday to decide whether the state should release documents on how the commissioner of higher education handled a rape case against University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson. ...
02, Sep 2014 - Judge blocks Montana from logging in grizzly territory
Conservation groups on Friday hailed a court decision that blocks Montana from building roads and logging in nearly 37,000 acres of a state forest that serves as core habitat for protected grizzly bears. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act by issuing a permit to Montana allowing it to open the Stillwater State Forest to timber harvests in areas that would damage grizzly ...
02, Sep 2014 - Jefferson, MT Judge: Murder suspect likely to be committed
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 25-year-old man accused in a triple murder on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation is likely to be committed to a psychiatric institution after he was found incompetent to stand
02, Sep 2014 - Judge Asked To Toss Colorado Man’s Statements In Oil-Patch Murder
A judge will decide if statements made to FBI agents by a Colorado man accused of murder in Montana's oil patch should be suppressed because the defendant is mentally disabled.
02, Sep 2014 - Glendive, MT Judge Asked To Toss Statement In Oil-Patch Slaying
A Montana judge will decide if a suspect's alleged confession to his involvement in the slaying of a woman jogging through her town in the Bakken oil patch should be suppressed because the defendant is mentally disabled.
02, Sep 2014 - Accused Montana killer found mentally unfit to stand trial
A tribal member accused of fatally shooting his grandmother and two others on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana in 2011 was declared by a federal judge on Wednesday to be mentally incompetent to stand trial.   Sheldon Bernard Chase, 25, should be hospitalized in “a suitable facility” until a future court hearing determines whether he should be committed by civil proceedings to a psychiatric ...
02, Sep 2014 - Justice officials "puzzled" by Judge's warning on 24-7 Letter
HELENA - The future of Montana's 24-7 program for DUI defendants is pending before the state Supreme Court, and a judge who ruled the program unconstitutional has told law enforcement officers not to communicate with him about the program.
02, Sep 2014 - Helena, MT Trial in Bozeman starts for Helena man accused of rape
NBC Montana is tracking an ongoing trial in Bozeman, for a Helena man charged with rape.
01, Sep 2014 - Glacier, MT Troubled C-Falls woman sentenced again for meth
A 36-year-old Columbia Falls woman with drug problems has been sentenced to five years with the Montana Department of Corrections after she pleaded guilty to felony possession of meth.
31, Aug 2014 - Lake, MT Prison in a pinch: Understaffed, overworked staff on high alert
Safety a major concern as Montana State Prison struggles with staffing shortage | Standard reporter Angela Brandt takes readers behind bars
31, Aug 2014 - 5 things to know about Montana's midterm elections
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - In two months, Montanans will choose two new members of the state's congressional delegation, which party will be in control for the 2015 Legislature and whether to change the makeup of the state Supreme Court. Here are five things to know about Montana's midterm elections: ...
31, Aug 2014 - MT Department of Justice "puzzled" by judge's warning on 24-7 Sobriety Program
HELENA -- The future of Montana's 24-7 Sobriety Program for DUI defendants is pending before the state Supreme Court, and a judge who ruled the program unconstitutional has told law enforcement officers not to communicate with him about the program.
31, Aug 2014 - Lake, MT Washington state man named as ringleader of Bakken drug ring gets 20 years prison
A Montana judge has sentenced the leader of an interstate drug ring to 20 years in prison for his role in a trafficking operation that stretched from western Washington to the Bakken oil fields of the Northern Plains.
31, Aug 2014 - Utah Volleyball Team Beats Missouri State 3-2
The Utes improve to 2-0 on the season after downing Montana State on Friday. Schofield-Olsen, who recently married Runnin' Utes forward/center Jeremy Olsen, recorded a team-high 14 kills, and Makenzie Moea’i tallied a career-high six blocks as the Utes rallied from a 2-1 deficit to down Missouri State, 3-2 (21-25, 25-13, 23-25, 15-10), inside Crimson Court Saturday morning. Senior Bailey Bateman ...
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he is mentally unfit to remain a judge. he showed his true color and that is awful.(...)
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