Yellowstone County, Montana
Justice Court
Justice Court Rules Contact Department

Local Justice Court Rules (.pdf)


Procedure in the justice court is governed by the "Justice and City Court Civil Rules" and the "Uniform Justice and City Court Rules". Failure to follow the court rules my result in the failure to properly prosecute or defend an action in justice court. Links to the rules are below:

Justice and City Court Civil Rules
Uniform Justice and City Court Rules


Small Claims Division procedure is not governed by the same rules as other civil actions. Small Claims actions are governed by statute. Links to the statutes are below:

Small Claims Division - Jurisdiction
Small Claims Procedure - Justice Court


Consult the rules or statutes before making a motion or requesting a continuance. A form for a motion or continuance is provided for your convenience.

Motion Form (Word)
Motion Form (Adobe .pdf)

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.