Due to the current public health situation (Covid-19) Justice Court is taking steps to reduce unnecessary public contact.
Please call the Court at (406)258-3470 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pursuant to order of the Board of County Commissioners, the courthouse is closed to the public. Pleadings (documents to be filed with the court) may be placed in the dropbox outside the courthouse, electronically filed, or mailed to the court.
If you do not contest the charge, most tickets can be paid by phone (406-258-3470) or online at http://citepayusa.com without seeing a judge.
Persons who received a citation to appear should call or email. You may either make an appointment to appear by phone or continue your case to a later date.
If you have an attorney, call your attorney to discuss appearance options.
For additional details, please review our temporary standing order.
Court of Record
Effective January 1, 2020, Missoula County Justice Court is a court of record. All hearings are electronically recorded and are available for review. Appeals from Justice Court are no longer de novo, but instead are a review of the record.
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 has two elected Justices of the Peace serving four-year terms.
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 (including landlord/tenant eviction cases), and small claims cases up to $7,000. The court's ticket desks are responsible for citation violations issued by the Sheriff’s Department, Highway Patrol, Fish, Wildlife & Parks, City/County Animal Control, and the Motor Carrier Service.
The Missoula County Justice Court is located in the historic section on the first floor of the County Courthouse at 200 West Broadway.
On-street parking is available around the courthouse with handicap parking near 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.
If you need wheelchair assistance, please call (406) 721-5700.
Office hours of the Justice Court are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. After hours fine payment may be made via 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. Cellular telephones and other electronic devices must be turned off before entering the Justice Court offices.
Proper courtroom attire is required. Offensive slogans or pictures are not allowed on clothing. Hats should be removed before entering the courtroom.
While in the courtroom please sit quietly when Court is in session. It is best to try to avoid bringing children to court.
Missoula County Justice Court is an integrated justice system that protects individual rights through an adaptable, cost effective and service oriented judicial process.