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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19, Dec 2014 - Deer Lodge, MT Tuesday Montana news headlines
MISSOULA - The fourth day of the Marcus Kaarma deliberate homicide trial opened up Tuesday morning with a foreign exchange student who was with 17-year-old Daren Dede on the night he was fatally shot taking the stand. Robby Pazmino, who left the country shortly after the incident traveled from Ecuador to testify in the case. Kaarma is accused of firing a shot gun into his darkened garage ...
19, Dec 2014 - Judge overturns Montana same-sex marriage ban
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Montana's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and woman violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.
19, Dec 2014 - Missoula, MT Markus Kaarma trial: Castle doctrine under fire after Missoula shooting
Less than 24 hours after a German exchange student was shot and killed inside a Missoula garage, a local legislator proposed a bill changing the language of Montana's "castle doctrine," the law justifying the use of lethal force in defense of an occupied structure.
19, Dec 2014 - Cascade, MT Former QB Ryan Leaf released from Montana prison
Judy Beck, a spokeswoman for the Montana Department of Corrections, tells the Great Falls Tribune (http://gftrib.com/1yhqEHH ) that Leaf was released Wednesday and is now being supervised by probation and parole officers in Great Falls. The former San Diego Chargers and Washington State player has served more than two years in prison after breaking into a home near Great Falls in 2012 to steal ...
19, Dec 2014 - Silver Bow, MT Montana State Prison Seeing Growing Population
BUTTE – State officials are exploring options to ease the growing prison population at the Montana State Prison. Leroy Kirkegard, warden at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, said a few months ago, the prison had over 100 offenders awaiting a cell at the prison.
19, Dec 2014 - Judge will decide if convicted killer in Trout Creek case deserves new trial
THOMPSON FALLS – The fate of a man who has spent more than 17 years in the Montana State Prison for a murder he has always denied committing is in the hands of state District Court Judge Jim Wheelis.
19, Dec 2014 - Federal judge strikes down Montana same-sex marriage ban
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.
19, Dec 2014 - Missoula, MT Montana starts issuing gay marriage licenses
Clerks of court in Montana have started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a federal judge threw out the state's gay marriage ban.
19, Dec 2014 - Judge: Kings' Voynov can be tried on felony case
A Colorado man faces sentencing Monday in the killing of a Montana math teacher in a case that has emerged as a chilling example of the social changes accompanying an oil boom sweeping the Northern Plains.
19, Dec 2014 - Judge overturns Montana same-sex marriage ban (+video)
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Montana's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and woman violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.
19, Dec 2014 - Missoula, MT Licenses for gay marriages to be issued
Clerks of court in Montana say they'll start issuing marriage licenses immediately to same-sex couples after a federal judge threw out the state's gay marriage ban.
18, Dec 2014 - Slain German teen's parents testify about US ordeal
MISSOULA, Montana (AP) — The parents of a German exchange student who was shot to death by a man while trespassing in his garage in Montana told a judge Thursday their dreams are broken.
18, Dec 2014 - Family fraud: Montana family members convicted of widespread finacial fraud
GREAT FALLS - Former University of Great Falls student Brenden James Leischner has been sentenced to six months in federal custody for federal student financial aid fraud.
18, Dec 2014 - Ex-billionaire due in federal court in Montana for contempt hearing as creditors seek payment
One-time billionaire Tim Blixseth is due in federal court Thursday to explain why he failed to comply with an order to pay $13.8 million to the creditors of an ultra-luxury Montana resort.
18, Dec 2014 - Valley, MT Helena Valley woman to serve 10 years in prison for meth charge
A Helena Valley woman who was found guilty of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute has been sentenced to 15 years in the Montana Women’s Prison with five years suspended.
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