Open Court for Friday, December 22nd and Friday, December 29th has been cancelled.
To access Microsoft Teams, please click on the link below. Only those cases which received Court approval to appear by video will be called by the Judge. If your case was not called, please contact the Justice Court at 406-256-2998 or email at JCcrimclerks@yellowstonecountymt.gov.
Microsoft Teams meeting
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+1 929-229-5659,,773233979# United States, New York City
Phone Conference ID: 773 233 979#
Civil, Small Claims, and Order of Protection Cases: JCcivilclerks@yellowstonecountymt.gov
Phone (email preferred): (406) 256-2998
Criminal/Ticket Cases: JCcrimclerks@yellowstonecountymt.gov Phone (email preferred): (406) 256-2998
If you have been given a notice to appear for a citation you must schedule your appearance online:
Civil Case Filing Fee is now $50.00
(will be changed on respective forms/pages soon)
The Justice Court continues to take proactive steps to maintain safety to staff and litigants. The Courtrooms and customer counter are sanitized after each session. Masks are provided upon request.
Jurisdiction of Justice Court
The Yellowstone County Justice Court is divided into three divisions:
The criminal division handles traffic, fish and game violations, misdemeanor offenses, alcohol involving juveniles, and preliminary hearings.
The civil division handles actions involving personal or property damages, contract disputes, recovery of personal property, interpleader, local ordinances, protection orders, forcible entry, unlawful detainer, and landlord/tenant disputes. The amount in controversy, or the value of the property, cannot exceed $12,000.00.
The small claims division handles contracts involving the recovery of money, recovery specific personal property, and interpleader. The amount in controversy, or the value of the property, cannot exceed $7,000.00. Counterclaims cannot exceed $6,500.00.
The justice court does not handle disputes involving false imprisonment, libel, slander, criminal conversation, seduction, malicious prosecution, determination of paternity, and abduction. The justice court does not have jurisdiction which involves the title or possession of real property or the legality of any tax.
Justice Court Scam Alert - Telephone Call
(1)The Court has received calls from individuals saying that they have been contacted by phone saying that there is a civil judgment against them filed in Justice Court. The suspect states that that if they give him/her payment of the judgment by credit/debit cards they will not proceed with the action. The suspect asks for personal information and requires the person to make the payment over the telephone.
(2) The Court has received calls from individuals saying that they have been contacted by a collection agency saying that they owed money to the Justice Court and if they did not pay the collection agency immediately there would be a warrant issued for them.
If you receive a call consistent with the descriptions above, please do the following:
Justice Court personnel will never contact or email you to request payment over the telephone for any fines, fees or bonds on warrants and the Court does not accept payments over the phone. You would be directed to make payments on-line at citepayusa.com. If you have a concern regarding a matter in the Yellowstone County Justice Court clerks are available to answers questions by telephone, email or in person.
While the Justice Court clerks are pleased to assist you in any way possible, please understand that we are unable to provide legal advice. If you need legal advice or have questions, please contact an attorney.