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, Mar 2015 - Attorney for game warden with Montana tribe seeks bench trial on Wyoming poaching charges
SHERIDAN — The attorney for a game warden with a Montana tribe is asking for a bench trial on poaching charges.
30, Mar 2015 - Missoula, MT Montana man gets 70 years in German exchange student shooting
Amy R. Connolly MISSOULA, Mont., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Montana homeowner Markus Kaarma was sentenced to 70 years in prison for killing an unarmed German exchange student who trespassed in his garage.
30, Mar 2015 - Missoula, MT Carlyle Group attorney has controversial Montana history
There are several high-profile players involved in the Mountain Water case. One of Carlyle’s attorneys is the former U.S. Attorney for Montana.
30, Mar 2015 - Missoula, MT Man sentenced to 70 years in German exchange student's death
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana homeowner was sentenced Thursday to 70 years in prison, with no parole for at least 20 years, in the shotgun killing of a German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage.
30, Mar 2015 - Glacier, MT Newlywed who pushed husband off cliff appeals murder conviction
A Montana bride appealing a murder conviction for pushing her new husband off a cliff said on Monday her life sentence should be overturned partly because prosecutors claimed she blindfolded her mate before he plunged to his death but failed to prove it.
30, Mar 2015 - Flathead, MT Death Penalty in Montana Could Apply to Aggravated Kidnapping
A Corvallis man charged in the kidnapping, drugging and rape of a 17-year-old mother could face the death penalty.
30, Mar 2015 - Glacier, MT Newlywed who pushed husband off cliff appeals
Jordan Graham leaves U.S. District court in Missoula, Montana in this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo. (REUTERS/Arthur Mouratidis/Files) A Montana bride appealing a murder conviction for pushing her new husband off a cliff said on Monday her life sentence should be overturned partly because prosecutors claimed she blindfolded her mate before he plunged to his death but failed to prove it.
30, Mar 2015 - Missoula, MT Missoula Transient Sentenced to 12 years, with 10 Suspended in Rape
A Missoula transient charged with rape is sentenced to 12 years in Montana State Prison, with 10 suspended.
30, Mar 2015 - Missoula, MT Montana man sentenced to 70 years in prison in German student's death; no parole for 20 years
Markus Kaarma, center, is flanked by his defense attorneys Brian Smith, left, and Paul Ryan, as he listens to testimony, during his trial in Missoula, Montana.
30, Mar 2015 - Missoula, MT Montana man convicted in German exchange student's shooting death responds to lawsuit
MISSOULA, Mont. — A Montana man who is serving a 70-year prison sentence for killing a German exchange student in his garage last spring has denied any negligence in response to a lawsuit filed by the teen's family.
29, Mar 2015 - Missoula, MT Man convicted in German student's death responds to lawsuit
MISSOULA, Montana (AP) — A man who is serving a 70-year prison sentence for killing a German exchange student in his garage has denied any negligence in response to a lawsuit filed by the teen's family.
29, Mar 2015 - Missoula, MT Lawmakers to consider making cyberbullying a crime
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana could go from being the only state without a law against bullying to the 20th state to criminalize cyberbullying under a bill legislators are considering. Rep. Ellie Hill introduced House Bill 317 in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. The measure would make online harassment of ...
29, Mar 2015 - Deer Lodge, MT As Canadian on death row watches, move to abolish Montana death penalty clears hurdle
Legislation to abolish Montana's death penalty received a significant boost this week as the bill, which would impact Canadian Ronald Smith, passed a major hurdle.
29, Mar 2015 - Judge confirms plan settling Montana clergy sex-abuse claims
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of victims of clergy sex abuse that spanned decades in Montana stand to receive payments totaling about $20 million, after a federal judge on Wednesday confirmed the bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.
29, Mar 2015 - Montana murder trial delayed for Colorado man
The trial of a Colorado man accused of killing his wife more than 15 years ago in Montana has been delayed.
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