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Basics of Montana's Legal System and Courts

By: Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA)

Learn the basics about criminal vs. civil legal issues, your rights, the Montana court system and jurisdiction. This article also links to a Montana Judicial System lesson plan for high school students.

Guide to Small Claims Court

By: Montana Department of Justice (DOJ)

Small claims court is a quick, inexpensive and informal way to resolve disputes over small amounts of personal property or money. There are some basic rules to know, and some guidelines to follow. The information in this resource provides some guidance through the process, along with a step-by-step checklist.

Montana Self Help Resources

By: Montana Legal Services Association

Below are helpful resources for people representing themselves in the justice system. Additional resources can be found at your local self help law center or forms web page.

Judge Complaint Forms

By: State Law Library of Montana

Forms needed to file a complaint against a judge in Montana.

Montana Civil Court Forms

By: State Law Library of Montana

The Montana Judicial Branch has created a large number of free forms that you can print, fill out, and file in court yourself.

Motion for Substitution of Judge

By: Montana Supreme Court - Office of Court Administrator

If you would like to request a substitution of judge, you can use the motion below. You will also need the certificate of service.