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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21, Nov 2014 - Federal judge blocks last-minute campaign rules change
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled against a Helena nonprofit group on Oct. 22, blocking their attempt to prevent Montana Commissioner Political Practices Jon Motl, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, and the Lewis and Clark County Attorney’s Office from enforcing Montana’s campaign finance laws.
21, Nov 2014 - Butte, MT Wednesday evening Montana news headlines
GREAT FALLS -- U.S. District Court judge Brian Morris in Great Falls ruled on Wednesday in favor of four Montana same-sex couples suing for the right to marry.
21, Nov 2014 - Missoula, MT Monday Montana news headlines
MISSOULA - Prosecutors are asking for more time to respond to defense attorneys appealing the case of a Kalispell woman who pushed her husband to his death in Glacier National Park. Jordan Graham pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder in December, as her trial was wrapping up in U.S. District Court in Missoula.
21, Nov 2014 - Yellowstone, MT BOLO Alert - Wanted in Montana: Robert Schilling
BILLINGS - The U.S. Marshals Service has issued a BOLO (Be On the Look-Out) Alert for Robert Perez Schilling.
21, Nov 2014 - Missoula, MT Additional sentencing in Missoula for child exploitation case
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.
21, Nov 2014 - 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.
21, Nov 2014 - Judge to hear plea deal in teacher killing
SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge was set to 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.
21, Nov 2014 - Monday evening Montana news headlines
HELENA - Money in politics continues to grow, and while Montana isn't seeing the $50 million-plus that went into the 2012 race between Jon Tester and Denny Rehberg for the U.S. Senate, money is still having an impact -- this year, down-ticket in one of the two races for positions on the Montana Supreme Court.
21, Nov 2014 - VanDyke: Conservative ties, practicing appellate law in Texas, D.C. and Montana
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-day series looking at the records of Supreme Court justice candidates Lawrence VanDyke and Justice Mike Wheat.
21, Nov 2014 - Flathead, MT Kalispell man sentenced for 2013 stabbing
A Kalispell man received five years in the Montana State Prison for stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend in the neck.
20, Nov 2014 - Great Falls, MT Gay couples exchange vows in Montana after ruling
Angie Rolando, left, and her same-sex partner, Tonya, shop for wedding rings in Great Falls, Mont., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, after a federal judge overturned Montana's gay marriage ban.
20, Nov 2014 - Missouri man among 11 sentenced in international child porn ring
WASHINGTON — Eleven men from across the country have been sentenced to between 15 and 19 years in prison for their roles in what prosecutors say was an international online network for child pornography. The men come from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Oregon and Washington state. They were sentenced in federal […]
20, Nov 2014 - Missoula, MT Gay couples to line up for licenses after judge strikes down Montana's same-sex marriage ban
HELENA, Mont. - Gay couples were expected to line up for marriage licenses Thursday at county courthouses across Montana after a federal judge tossed out the state's ban on same-sex marriage. At least two counties Missoula and Park started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Wednesday, ...
20, Nov 2014 - Judge lifts Montana marriage ban
A federal judge overturned Montana's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday, making it the 34th state in the nation to allow such unions.
20, Nov 2014 - 11 men sentenced in international child porn ring
WASHINGTON Eleven men from across the country have been sentenced to between 15 and 19 years in prison for their roles in what prosecutors say was an international online network for child pornography. The men come from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Oregon and Washington state. They were sentenced in federal court in recent days.
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