In the Justice Court of Anaconda Deer Lodge County
Larry Pahut, Justice of the Peace
The Justice Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor offenses including criminal, traffic, GVW, Fish Wildlife and Parks, and City Ordinances. If you have a ticket for which you must appear, please call and schedule an appointment for the following times: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 A.M., 3:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. If you do not have an appointment the Judge may not be able to see you due to prior commitments. The Court is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Civil cases (limit $12,000), and Small Claims (limit $7,000), come under the authority of the Justice Court. The cost for Civil filing fees is $40.00; Civil Answer fee is $30.00 per party; Small Claim filing fees are $30.00 and Small Claim Appearance fee is $20.00 per party. The difference between Civil and Small Claims, much simplified, is that Small Claims must be filed where the Defendant can be served and a trial is set at which all parties must appear. Civil can be filed where the Defendant resides (anywhere in the State of Montana), or in the county where the issue arose. A litigant can represent himself without an attorney in most cases. For further clarification please call the Court.
The Court also issues Orders of Protections, if you have questions you may call the Judge at 563-4025 or the Victim/Witness Advocate at 563-4007. Forms for obtaining an order are available in the court and the Victim/Witness Advocate's office or you may go online and print out forms from the Montana Law Library or the Attorney General's office. If you need assistance with these forms the Victim/Witness Advocate for Anaconda/Deer Lodge County may be able to help you.
Weddings are performed at the discretion of the Judge and you must make personal arrangements with the Judge for the ceremony.
For free legal information please visit www.MontanaLawHelp.org. There is also an extensive listing of online legal help available in the pamphlet rack at the courthouse on the first floor.