Montana Court Records Search

What is Included in Montana Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

 

Montana Court Record Lookup

Enforcing an eviction, collecting funds due after a civil lawsuit, establishing child custody, and clearing a driving record are all accomplished with the appropriate Montana MT court records. They can be viewed by performing a Montana court records search.

Limited jurisdiction courts

Justice of the Peace courts are found in over 60 locations across Montana. Along with more than 80 city courts and five municipal courts, these courts have jurisdiction over misdemeanors such as petty theft and traffic tickets, small claims issues under $3,000 in value and violations of location ordinances. 

Water court is a specific judicial body that presides over water rights, a valuable resource in Montana. Other specialty courts include a workers compensation court as well as drug treatment and youth courts that were created to offer services aimed at keeping first-time and nonviolent offenders out of the mainstream legal system.

Legal issues and crimes that arise on sovereign Native American property within Montana are handled by local tribal courts.

Trial court

There are 22 district courts located throughout Montana with jurisdiction over general criminal and civil issues. This court also takes certain appeals of lower court cases, whch can be viewed via Montana court case lookup.

The number of criminal cases filed in district court has risen steadily over the past 10 years to more than 12,300 in a recent year. In addition, mentioned Montana courthouses saw over 15,700 civil cases and 10,600 domestic relations, pushing the total number of cases filed in a recent year to more than 54,000.

Appellate court

Montana is one of just a few states without an intermediate appellate court; appeals of all cases are considered by the state supreme court. Seven justices sit on the supreme court and may advise lower courts during trials as well as decide if individuals may go free while awaiting trial.

The supreme court receives more than 600 new cases each year and issues over 320 opinions.

Federal court

Montana residents who join class action lawsuits, declare bankruptcy, or violate federal law are likely to do so through the U.S. District Court located in Montana. Anyone can access Montana court records online via Montana court record lookup.

Montana Notable Court Cases

The Montana Supreme Court made a landmark decision in 2009 in Baxter v. Montana, stating that doctors should be protected from prosecution in cases of assisted suicide with a terminally ill patient. The justices in the majority cited a 1985 case which addressed withdrawing treatment for terminally ill patients in their opinions. However, the decision did not address whether a patient had a constitutional right to assisted suicide.

In 2014, the same court reversed its own prior ruling in a case brought by Brian Shoof, allowing a government agency to be sued for lack of openness without proving personal injury. Shoof filed his case after learning that Custer County officials were allowed to receive cash payments in lieu of health insurance premiums as a result of a meeting closed to the public. Shoof claimed that this policy did not comply with the state's right-to-know laws.

 

Montana Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 49,234
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 4,723
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 867

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload
2014$3000883862%
2015$7000880852%
2016$7000867832%

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. DayMonday, January 15, 2018
President's DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
General Election DayTuesday, November 6, 2018
Veterans' Day (Observed)Monday, Nov 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates