The District Court comprises the four District Court Judges and their respective Staff Attorneys, Standing Masters and Judicial Assistants. Each Judge also employs a Court Reporter. Although not court employees, the Clerk of District Court and staff work closely with the District Court.
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District Court Judges & Standing Masters
The Fourth Judicial District is presided over by four District Court Judges elected for six-year terms and two Standing Masters. The Fourth Judicial District's jurisdiction includes the counties of Missoula and Mineral, the proportions of total filings for the two counties are as follows:
- Missoula County: 97 percent.
- Mineral County: 3 percent.
District Court Reporters
There are four Court Reporters for the Fourth Judicial District Court. As prescribed by law, they are required to attend all sittings of the Court and to take full stenographic notes or audio recordings of the testimony and proceedings.
The Court Reporters serve in all proceedings of the District Court Judges or are required to provide the services of a qualified replacement.
Judicial Assistants & Staff Attorneys
Each Judge employs a Staff Attorney (Law Clerk) who serves as a research and writing assistant to his or her Judge, among other duties. They are available to answer procedural questions you may have.
Each Judge also employs a Judicial Assistant who sees to the Judges' calendars, schedules, correspondence and everyday issues which arise in the operation of the Court.
Please note that Staff Attorneys, Judicial Assistants and Clerk of Court personnel are NOT able to provide the public with legal advice. We may be able to aid you with procedural questions.
Clerk of District Court
The Clerk of District Court is the keeper of all District Court Records. The many duties performed by the Clerk are mandated by the laws of the State of Montana.