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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22, Oct 2014 - Lawyers seek probe of county prosecutors
Alleging unethical and criminal activities by county prosecutors and a drug enforcement officer, three local attorneys have asked the Montana Attorney General’s Office for a full investigation.
22, Oct 2014 - Missoula, MT Jason Washington to be released from prison early
MISSOULA - A U.S. District Judge ruled that former University of Montana quarterback Jason Washington will not spend any more time in prison for operating a medical marijuana business.
22, Oct 2014 - Colorado man pleads guilty to oil patch murder
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. Montana District Judge Richard Simonton ...
22, Oct 2014 - Judge strikes down Montana exempt-well rule
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials were reviewing permit requirements for small water wells on Monday after a judge struck down a rule that had allowed residential subdivisions to drill multiple
22, Oct 2014 - Judge to hear Colorado man's plea agreement in teacher's killing in Bakken oil patch
BILLINGS, Mont. — A Montana judge will consider a plea agreement Wednesday that calls for a Colorado man to plead guilty to killing a high school teacher and burying her in a shallow grave in the Bakken oil patch.
22, Oct 2014 - Helena, MT Montana judge asked to decide on gay marriage
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Four couples challenging Montana's ban on gay marriages have asked a federal judge to decide the issue without going to trial.
22, Oct 2014 - Montana Supreme Court candidate gets public criticism
HELENA -- Mike Black, a former colleague of Montana Supreme Court candidate Lawrence VanDyke, has expressed criticism of VanDyke's qualifications for the position.
22, Oct 2014 - Bozeman, MT Supreme Court asked to intervene
A Bozeman woman has asked the Montana Supreme Court to order the state political practices commissioner to investigate a complaint he dismissed that alleged a Supreme Court justice improperly donated money to a Democratic legislator in 2010.
22, Oct 2014 - Federal judges strikes down Arizona, Wyoming gay marriage bans [UPDATED]
Gabrielle Levy PHOENIX, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Federal judges in Arizona and Montana have ruled that those states must join the growing ranks of states that allow same-sex couples to legally wed.
22, Oct 2014 - Helena, MT Judge sets November hearing in gay marriage case
A judge has set a Nov. 20 hearing in Great Falls for arguments in a lawsuit challenging Montana's ban on gay marriage.
22, Oct 2014 - State appeals order to release records of UM quarterback's disciplinary hearing
The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education filed a motion this week with the Montana Supreme Court, appealing a lower court decision that ordered the state to release records to author Jon Krakauer detailing the 2012 disciplinary hearing of a University of Montana football player.
21, Oct 2014 - Judge releases Jason Washington from prison, urges all to 'move on'
Jason Washington is a free man. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled Wednesday the former University of Montana quarterback who was sentenced last year to two years in federal prison for operating a medical marijuana business won’t spend any more time behind bars.
21, Oct 2014 - Hearing set for Montana same-sex marriage lawsuit
A federal judge has set a hearing on Montana’s same sex marriage lawsuit for mid-November.
21, Oct 2014 - Thursday afternoon Montana news headlines
MISSOULA - An agency is fighting the decision to release student records to author Jon Krakauer concerning the disciplinary hearing of University of Montana student Jordan Johnson. A Helena District Court Judge ordered the University to release the records last month, but the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education filed a motion this week to the Montana Supreme Court, appealing that ...
21, Oct 2014 - District Judge candidates Q & A
Katherine Bidegaray and Janet Christoffersen are seeking the position of district judge for Department 2, Montana Seventh Judicial District, which Bidegaray has held since first being elected to the p
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