Making Democracy Work


Judges in all Montana courts are elected in non-partisan elections. Jurors are selected from lists of licensed drivers and registered voters.

Montana Courts

US District Court
District Court judges are appointed by the President of the US. District Court offices are at
Russell Smith Federal Courthouse

201 E. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
Clerk's Office (406) 542-7260

Montana Supreme Court
Judges are elected at large in a non-partisan election. Terms are 8 years and staggered.
The Court sits at the Supreme Court building,
215 N Sanders
Helena, Mt. 59601
Address: PO Box 203001
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-5490

Chief Justice: Mike McGrath


Jim Shea
Laurie McKinnon
Beth Baker
Dirk Sandefur
Jim Rice
Ingrid Gustafon

District Court

District Court proceedings may occur in any one of courtrooms located in the Courthouse and Annex. Law and motion proceedings calendars are posted outside the courtrooms to aid you in locating specific hearings.

Department 1: Hon. Leslie Halligan
Phone: 406-258-4771

Department 2: Hon. Robert L. Deschamps, III
Phone: 406-258-4772

Department 3: Hon. John W. Larson
Phone: 406-258-4773

Department 4: Hon. Karen S. Townsend
Phone: 406-258-4774

Department 5: Hon. Shane Vannatta
Phone: 406-258-4765

Standing Masters Brenda Desmond, Amy Rubin
Phone: 406-258-4778

Clerk of District Court
200 West Broadway, Missoula MT 59802

Youth Court
311 Woody Street
Missoula, MT 59802


Missoula County Justice of the Peace
200 W. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
Dept. 1 Alex Beal
Dept. 2 Landee N. Holloway

Municipal Court Judge
Missoula Municipal Court has jurisdiction of all misdemeanors and Missoula City Ordinance violations alleged to have occurred within Missoula city limits.  Missoula Municipal Court has the largest volume of cases in the State of Montana, processing over 18,300 charges a year.

Hon. Kathleen Jenks
435 Ryman St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406-552-6180 and 406-552-6170

Public Defender Office
610 N. Woody Missoula, MT 59802 406-523-5140

Montana Legal Services
211 North Higgins Avenue, Suite 401
Missoula, MT 59802