In Montana, there are limited jurisdiction courts, general jurisdiction courts, special courts, and a single appellate court -- the Montana Supreme Court.
Limited jurisdiction courts include City Courts, Municipal Courts, and Justice Courts. Collectively they handle ordinance violations, misdemeanor cases, civil cases up to $12,000, small claims cases, and juvenile matters.
District Courts are the courts of general jurisdiction. Montana is divided into 22 judicial districts, which have a total of 56 District Courts. These courts handle all felony and probate cases, and most civil cases.
Specialized courts in Montana include the Worker’s Compensation Court and the Water Court, which handles water rights matters.
Montana provides online access to Supreme Court records, but lower court records are not yet accessible. You should contact the Clerk of Court for case information relating to District Court records or limited jurisdiction court records. Use the resources below to access U.S. District Court federal civil, criminal, and bankruptcy records; Supreme Court cases & opinions; bankruptcies; and judgments.
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