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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26, Jul 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Resentencing set in Montana teacher rape case
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) ‚ÄĒ A former Montana teacher who spent a month in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 14-year-old student will be resentenced on Sept. 26.
26, Jul 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Montana judge suspended over rape comments opposes discipline
A Montana judge who made disparaging remarks about a teenage sexual assault victim and issued an unusually light sentence to her attacker last year is asking the state's Supreme Court to withdraw his suspension.
26, Jul 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Resentencing set in teacher rape case
A resentencing date has been set in the case of a former Montana teacher who spent a month in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 14-year-old student in 2007.
26, Jul 2014 - Joliet, MT Beartooth Electric still seeking exit
On Friday, June 20, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Ralph Kirscher signed an order confirming the amended reorganization plan for the bankrupt Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative (Southern). The plan goes into effect July 1.
26, Jul 2014 - State Supreme Court upholds milk ‚Äėsell-by‚Äô ruling
The Montana Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld a lower-court decision supporting the state Board of Livestock‚Äôs decision to keep its rule providing for a ‚Äúsell-by‚ÄĚ date for milk of 12 days after pasteurization.
25, Jul 2014 - Deer Lodge, MT | Continuous News and Weather
HELENA -- The Montana State Prison has a shortfall of correctional officers -- 65 vacancies, out of a desired staffing level of about 354 - and the situation is straining prison resources and forcing prison officials to find temporary fixes to ensure safety for inmates, staff, and visitors.
25, Jul 2014 - Lawmaker's attempt to toss complaint rejected
HELENA, Mont. (AP) ‚ÄĒ A Helena judge has rejected the Montana Senate majority leader's attempt to dismiss allegations that his campaign took illegal contributions and coordinated with a conservative gr
25, Jul 2014 - Mont. judge censured over rape comments
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday publicly reprimanded a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.
25, Jul 2014 - Montana Supreme Court upholds firing of former state tourism director
HELENA, Mont. - The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the 2010 dismissal of a former state tourism director who was fired because the agency said she didn't spend millions of dollars meant to promote tourism ...
25, Jul 2014 - Deer Lodge, MT Staffing shortfall hits Montana State Prison
HELENA -- The Montana State Prison has a shortfall of correctional officers -- 65 vacancies, out of a desired staffing level of about 354 - and the situation is straining prison resources and forcing prison officials to find temporary fixes to ensure safety for inmates, staff, and visitors.
25, Jul 2014 - Montana Judge Is Publicly Censured Over 30-Day Sentence For Rape | WUNC
Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh was publicly censured by the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The judge apologized for remarks he made about a rape victim last year.
25, Jul 2014 - 5 Things to Know in Montana for July 23
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. JUDGE CENSURED OVER RAPE VICTIM COMMENTS: The Montana Supreme Court censured District Judge G. Todd Baugh over comments suggesting a 14-year-old rape victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime. ...
25, Jul 2014 - Montana judge censured over lenient rape sentence, rape comments
District Judge G. Todd Baugh, of Billings, appeared before the court in Helena, where Chief Justice Mike McGrath read the prepared censure statement. A censure is a rarely used public declaration by the high court that a judge is guilty of misconduct.
25, Jul 2014 - VanDyke back on Montana ballot
HELENA - Lawrence VanDyke, a former Montana Solicitor General, is back on the November ballot for a seat on the Montana Supreme Court.
25, Jul 2014 - Montana Judge Who Gave Rapist Lenient Sentence, Blamed Victim, Censured by Montana Supreme Court
A Montana judge who gave a rapist a 30-day sentence and said the victim shared responsibility for the crime was publicly reprimanded by the Montana Supreme Court July 22, the Associated Press reports. District Judge G. Todd Baugh, of Billings, Mont., appeared before the highest court in Montana, where Chief Justice Mike McGrath read a prepared statement of censure‚ÄĒa rare move used to publicly ...
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