The Missoula County Justice Court is an integrated justice system that protects individual rights through an adaptable, cost effective and service oriented judicial process.
The Office of Justice of the Peace is set up by the Constitutional and Statutory Authority for the purpose of administering justice to the citizens of Missoula County and the State of Montana. Missoula County Justice Court is a court of limited jurisdiction responsible for criminal, civil, and traffic matters within the boundaries of Missoula County. The court currently has two elected Justices of the Peace serving four-year terms as set forth in the Montana Codes Annotated.
The court administers criminal probable cause reviews, initial appearances on felony charges, misdemeanor arraignments, preliminary hearings and trials for misdemeanor and traffic cases. The court's civil jurisdiction includes amounts up to $12,000.00 (not including attorney’s fees), small claims cases up to $7,000 and landlord/tenant eviction proceedings. The court's ticket desks are responsible for citation violations issued by the Sheriff’s Department, Highway Patrol, Department of Transportation, Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Missoula County Justice Court is located in the historic section on the first floor of the County Courthouse at 200 West Broadway.
Public parking is available at meters around the courthouse with handicap parking at the north, east and west entrances of the building. Additional parking is available on the third floor of The Central Park Structure located one (1) block south of the courthouse at 128 W. Main St.
Office hours of the Justice Court are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The Criminal/Ticket & Civil/Small Claims offices are closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. A clerk is available at the window of the Criminal/Ticket office for the purpose of taking payments and answering general questions. New civil complaints and civil answers cannot be filed during the lunch hour. Customers may make fine payments after hours by use of the Courthouse Drop Box located on the west side of the building at the parking lot exit.
Information on inmates incarcerated at the Missoula County Detention Center can be accessed 24-hours a day, seven days a week, at this link: https://apps.missoulacounty.us/jailroster/
No weapons are allowed in the courthouse and there is no smoking in the courthouse. There is no eating, drinking, chewing tobacco or gum allowed in the courtroom. Backpacks are not allowed in the courtroom. All beepers, cellular telephones, and electronic devices MUST be turned off before entering the Justice Court offices. Avoid reading newspapers or books in the courtrooms, particularly if your use of such material may be a distraction to others.
Proper courtroom attire is required. Shirts which show offensive slogans or pictures are not allowed. Hats should be removed before entering the courtroom.
While in the courtroom sit quietly when Court is in session. Do not talk or whisper. It is best to try to avoid bringing children to court, but if it is necessary to do so, please monitor their behavior so they remain quiet at all times. If they are quiet, children are allowed in the courtroom but parents may be asked to leave the courtroom with their child(ren) if they become noisy or unruly.