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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20, Aug 2014 - Deer Lodge, MT Montana State Prison health services ace national re-accreditation review
DEER LODGE — State Corrections Director Mike Batista announced that the infirmary at the Montana State Prison has been re-accredited for three years. A two-day onsite audit conducted by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) survey team in May this year found that the medical and mental health care services provided at the men’s prison met all of the commission’s 68 ...
20, Aug 2014 - Montana Supreme Court rejects appeal by Billings rancher in horse abuse case
BILLINGS -- The Montana Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by James Henry Leachman for his 2012 misdemeanor convictions for cruelty to animals. Leachman filed the appeal in February 2014.
20, Aug 2014 - Deer Lodge, MT ‘Seusspeare’ show slated in Deer Lodge
DEER LODGE — Stage Left Productions presents “Seusspeare: Romeo and Juliet’s Restaurant Wars,” a spoof of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. at the Deer Lodge Gunport Theatre in the Old Montana Prison
20, Aug 2014 - Billings man gets 100 years for slayings of 2 sisters
A 23-year-old man who murdered two sisters in January 2012 — stabbing one of them more than 130 times — was sentenced Tuesday to 100 years in Montana State Prison.
20, Aug 2014 - Park, MT Former corrections nurse who had sex with inmate sentenced to 25 years; 10 suspended
The former corrections nurse who had sex with an inmate was sentenced to 25 years at the Montana Women's Prison, with 10 suspended.
20, Aug 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Man sentenced to 100 years in prison for stabbing death of two Billings sisters
UPDATE 11:06 a.m.: Judge Mary Jane Knisely sentenced Denning to 100 years in the Montana State Prison for each murder.
20, Aug 2014 - MT Supreme Court rejects appeal by Billings rancher in horse abuse case
BILLINGS -- The Montana Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by James Henry Leachman for his 2012 misdemeanor convictions for cruelty to animals. Leachman filed the appeal in February 2014.
20, Aug 2014 - Cascade, MT Montana Law Enforcement Memorial Adds One More Name
The old Montana prison keeps track of all the law enforcement officers in the state who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
20, Aug 2014 - Bozeman, MT Trial in Bozeman starts for a Helena man accused of rape
NBC Montana is tracking an ongoing trial in Bozeman, for a Helena man charged with rape.
20, Aug 2014 - Libby judge warns attorney general about DUI program
Lincoln County District Judge James Wheelis told Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and 11 prosecutors and law enforcement officials that he will penalize them if they contact him again about the state’s 24/7 Sobriety Program outside of a courtroom.
19, Aug 2014 - Missoula, MT Missoula man gets eight years for Bakken construction fraud
MISSOULA - Jonathan Lee Oliver, a 41-year-old Missoula resident, was sentenced to 100 months in prison for diverting money he received from customers in eastern Montana, North Dakota, and other places, and using the money to buy himself a house, several vehicles, two jet skis, a luxury motor home, a diamond engagement ring, and various other items.
19, Aug 2014 - Missoula, MT Missoula Jury Awards Kelly Logging $17 Million
MISSOULA, Mont., Aug. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Montana jury announced its $17 Million verdict last night in favor of Kelly Logging, Inc. ("Kelly"), a Missoula-based company, against First Interstate Bank, its lender.  First Interstate Bank took $762,000 out of Kelly's checking account to pay off a note which was current, was not due, and had not matured.   After a 7-day trial in the District ...
19, Aug 2014 - Yellowstone, MT Baugh to appear in Helena for reprimand
BILLINGS - Yellowstone County District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh is set to become only the second judge in recent years to receive one of the highest levels of discipline when he appears before the Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday.
19, Aug 2014 - Denning gets 100 years in prison for 2012 slayings of 2 sisters
A 23-year-old man who murdered two sisters in January 2012 — stabbing one of them more than 130 times — was sentenced Tuesday to 100 years in Montana State Prison.
19, Aug 2014 - Build your own legal case
Equal treatment under the law? Not when so many Montanans are left to represent themselves in civil court by Jessica Mayrer A young woman with her hair tied back in a ponytail takes a break from filling out a stack of divorce and custody documents to reassure her baby, who plays in a car seat perched atop a chair. The woman coos at the child, then directs her attention back to the paperwork and ...
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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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