HONORABLE RICK SCHOENING
Justice Court is the judicial branch of county government responsible for processing misdemeanor criminal offenses, traffic offenses and Fish and Game violations occurring in Lake County. It is also the court where most people arrested for felony offenses have their initial appearance before a judge and have bail set. Justice Court also handles civil cases, landlord/tenant issues and Orders of Protection.
JUSTICE COURT CAN:
- Provide instructions and forms for the filing of Civil Lawsuits, Temporary Orders of Protection, etc.
JUSTICE COURT CANNOT:
- Give legal advice
- Recommend a process server for you
- Fill out forms provided to you by the court
- Settle disputes concerning the ownership of real property
Justice Court DOES NOT have jurisdiction over cases involving the title or possession of real estate, family law or child custody issues.
JUSTICE COURT RULES:
Procedure in Justice Court is governed by the “Montana Justice and City Court Rules of Civil Procedure” and the “Montana Uniform Rules for Justice and City Courts” as written in the Montana Code Annotated. Failure to follow the court rules may result in the failure to properly prosecute or defend an action in Justice Court.
TEMPORARY ORDERS OF PROTECTION:
While it is recommended that you seek legal counsel, an attorney is not necessary for you to pursue or defend against any civil or criminal action in Justice Court. If you feel you need an attorney, you have a legal right to obtain one at any time during the proceedings.
While the Justice Court clerks listed below are pleased to assist you, please remember that we cannot provide legal advice. If you need legal advice or have questions, please contact an attorney.
|Virgil Hayden Jr.
|Sub Judge/Justice Court Clerk
|Administrative Court Clerk
| Justice Court Clerk
For more information about procedures, forms and information please go to this link below .
Monday - Friday: 8am to 5pm