|Billings||MT||59101||Montana District Court||James F. Battin United States Courthouse 316 North 26th Street Billings MT 59101||mtd.uscourts.gov||406-247-7000|
|Billings||MT||59101||Ninth Circuit Librarian||2601 2nd Avenue N., Suite 1200 Billings MT 59101||lb9.uscourts.gov||406-247-2333|
|Billings||MT||59101||Federal Defenders of Montana||2702 Montana Avenue, Suite 101 Billings MT 59101||mtd.uscourts.gov||406-259-2459|
|Billings||MT||59101||Montana Prob/Pretrial Office||2601 2nd Avenue N., Suite 1300 Billings MT 59101||406-657-6287|
|Browning||MT||59417||Montana Prob/Pretrial Office||Blackfeet Federal Center 531 Southwest Boundary Street Browning MT 59417||406-338-5921|
|Butte||MT||59701||Montana District Court||Mike Mansfield Federal Building and United States Courthouse 400 North Main Street Butte MT 59701||mtd.uscourts.gov||406-782-0432|
|Butte||MT||59701||Montana Bankruptcy Court||Mike Mansfield Federal Building and United States Courthouse 400 North Main Street, Room 303 Butte MT 59701||mtb.uscourts.gov||406-782-3354|
|Glasgow||MT||59230||Montana Prob/Pretrial Office||United States Post Office and Courthouse 605 Second Avenue South, Room 204D Glasgow MT 59230||406-228-2519|
|Great Falls||MT||59401-3645||Federal Defenders of Montana||104 Second Street South, Suite 301 Great Falls MT 59401-3645||mtd.uscourts.gov||406-727-5328|
|Great Falls||MT||59404||Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel||Missouri River Courthouse 125 Central Avenue West Great Falls MT 59404||ca9.uscourts.gov||406-207-2093|
|Great Falls||MT||59404||Montana Prob/Pretrial Office||Missouri River Courthouse 125 Central Avenue West, Suite 120 Great Falls MT 59404||406-453-4461|
|Great Falls||MT||59404||Montana District Court||Missouri River Courthouse 125 Central Avenue West, Suite 110 Great Falls MT 59404||mtd.uscourts.gov||406-727-1922|
|Hardin||MT||59034-1809||Montana Prob/Pretrial Office||Crane Building 9 East Fifth Street Hardin MT 59034-1809||406-665-4210|
|Helena||MT||59626-9708||Montana Prob/Pretrial Office||Paul G. Hatfield United States Courthouse 901 Front Street, Suite 1200 Helena MT 59626-9708||406-441-1160|
|Helena||MT||59626-9708||Montana District Court||Paul G. Hatfield United States Courthouse 901 Front Street, Suite 2100 Helena MT 59626-9708||mtd.uscourts.gov||406-441-1355|
|Helena||MT||59601||Federal Defenders of Montana||50 West 14th Street, Suite 300 Helena MT 59601||mtd.uscourts.gov||406-449-8381|
|Missoula||MT||59802||Montana District Court||Russell E. Smith Federal Building 201 East Broadway Street, Suite 310 Missoula MT 59802||mtd.uscourts.gov||406-542-7260|
|Missoula||MT||59802||Montana Prob/Pretrial Office||Russell E. Smith Federal Building 201 East Broadway Street, level lower Missoula MT 59802||406-542-7100|
Montana Federal Courts – Locations, Hours & Phone Numbers
Montana Federal Courts function a little differently than the Montana state courts. When looking for federal court information, it is helpful to remember it is more often referred to as district court.
One of the deciding factors as to whether a case is heard in state or in federal court is the jurisdiction, or area of law. Some types of law are only heard in district court, while others are handled case by case.
There are several areas of law heard specifically in Montana federal courts. Bankruptcy cases are always handled by a federal court. Cases involving the US government or feuds between the US government and foreign government are federal cases. Cases involving federal laws, of course, and the US constitution are also federal jurisdiction. Federal laws include employment law, laws protecting people with disabilities and civil rights law. Additionally, disputes between states are also federally handled.
The records for Montana can be found at the Montana Federal Courts Administrator’s office, the central location for cases pertaining to Montana. Public litigation records can be accessed online as well. They provide the names of the plaintiffs and defendants, which court the case was heard in and the reason for the case.
A search can be started simply by going to the Montana government website and typing “courts and judicial branch” into the search bar. Another good starting point is mtd.uscourts.gov.
Something to remember when conducting an online search is that Montana is unique in that it does not have an appellate court. Court cases that would normally be directed to an appellate court are heard by the Montana Supreme Court. This also means that the Supreme Court must hear all appeals cases in Montana, since citizens have a right to an appeal from a lower court decision.
Although Montana Federal Court is governed by the guidelines of all federal courts, it is slightly different in structure, while providing a variety of ways to access public information. For Montana court records search online click here.