The Missoula County Courthouse is open to the public, but some in-person services may be limited depending on which offices provide them.
On the first floor, the Clerk and Recorder and Treasurer’s Offices are closed to public entrance. This includes motor vehicle registration, renewals and transfers, property tax payments or changes, and requests for birth certificates and other records. Customers are encouraged to complete services online at missoulaclerk.us whenever possible.
Also on the first floor, Justice Court will hold all court hearings other than trials, order of protection hearings and landlord/tenant possession hearings by conference call or video. Parties should not appear in court unless a judge or clerk instructs them to. Anyone who receives a ticket should contact the clerk of court at 406-258-3470 to schedule an initial appearance. Anyone physically appearing in a courtroom must use cloth face coverings. The court will provide disposable masks for those unable to provide their own. The court is conducting both criminal and civic jury trials and requires advanced notice if a jury trial is going to be continued or vacated. Extra jury confirmation hearings will be held to ensure this. The court is officiating weddings again under limited circumstances. Upon request, initial appearances, trails and other proceedings will be available to the public via Zoom. Justice Court offices are open to the public for fine payments and civic filings. Here are some Justice Court helpful links and additional COVID-19 procedures.
On the second floor, the Clerk of Court’s Office is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with limited staff. In-person services will be by appointment-only by calling 406-258-4780. Residents with questions about jury service are encouraged to email email@example.com if possible. They can also call 406-258-4780 but should expect longer than usual wait times as the county continues to experience a large volume of calls. The office requests no more than one person to attend an appointment but will make accommodations for marriage license applicants to appear together. A maximum of three people will be allowed in the customer service area at a time. Those with appointments should wait in their vehicle until called to limit congestion and must maintain physical distancing of 6 feet in the customer service area. Tape markings on the floor will indicate 6-foot distancing. A cloth face covering is required for all customers. Disposable masks are available upon request. Hand sanitizer will be available for customers, and staff will wipe down pens, counters and other items between customers. Only one person will be allowed in the public search area at a time. Customers should call 406-258-4780 to schedule an appointment. Marriage applicants may continue to apply for marriage licenses online without an in-person visit. Self-represented litigants are encouraged to continue to submit paperwork by email, fax, mail or drop box. The regular fee for email/fax will be waived. Attorneys in cases not yet available for e-filing are also encouraged to continue to submit pleadings by email, fax, mail or drop box, and the regular fee for email/fax will be waived. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 406-258-4899.
Also on the second floor, the Sheriff’s Office asks residents to call and make an appointment to speak with a deputy or detective regarding a non-emergent matter, to speak to an administrative staff or about all concealed weapon permit applications. Appointments can be made by calling 406-258-4810. The Missoula County Sheriff’s Ofice has resumed fingerprint services. Fingerprinting will be offered by appointment on Wednesday and Thursday of each week from 1 to 4 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 406-258-4810. Individuals with an appointment will be required to check their temperature, ensuring a temperature reading below 100.4, prior to completing the fingerprint process. Masks will be required. Hand washing and hand sanitizer will be provided upon completion of the process. For Civil Process, please call 406-258-4802. During an emergency, always dial 9-1-1.
On the second and third floors, District Court’s detailed list of procedures is located on their District Court website. District Court is a function of the state.
On the fourth floor, the majority of the employees at the County Attorney’s Office returned to working remotely and can assist the public by phone, mail or email. In-person assistance is available by appointment/invitation only for purpose of trials, hearings and prep. Employees working in the office must practice physical distancing for any in-person meetings, including department meetings, public meetings, meetings with law enforcement, victims, witnesses, other attorneys, etc. Attorneys, court staff, law enforcement, witnesses, etc., may be allowed in the office if accompanied by an employee, necessary for trail or trial prep, and NOT exhibiting any symptoms. Anyone in the office must wear a face mask, adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and comply with check stations in place. It is required that employees wash hands/sanitize often. Disposable face masks will be available for those who need one.
For more info regarding other county operations during COVID-19, please visit the Missoula County Blog.