Lake County, Montana

District Court
Lake County Clerk of District Court
Our Purpose
The Clerk of District Court is the official keeper of all District Court records for Lake County. These records include: Adoption, Civil, Criminal, Dependent Neglect, Domestic Relations, Guardianship, Juvenile, Probate and Sanity cases. It is the Clerk of Court's responsibility to ensure accurate and up-to-date records. The Clerk also issues, files, and records all Lake County marriage license applications and licenses.

The majority of all Clerk of Court records are open to the public. Records are searched daily by title companies, credit agencies, investigative agencies and general public. Searches, copies and certified copies are provided upon request; fees are charged according to statute.

The Clerk of District Court also serves as Jury Commissioner for Lake County. As required by statute, each year the Secretary of State provides a combined list of registered voters, licensed drivers, and holders of Montana ID Cards to the Clerk of District Court. This list is stored and maintained electronically and it is from this list that jurors are pulled for City, Justice and District Court Judges. It is the Clerk's duty to maintain an accurate listing of all selected jurors and to pull individual jury panels for the District Court Judges upon request.

Legal Advice
Montana State statutes MCA 3-1-601 and 7-4-2210 prohibits the Clerk of Court's office from giving legal advice or preparing legal documents. Notary Public services are not available in this office. The Clerk of Court's office does not provide legal forms; the Montana Law Library may have useful forms and information.

Law and Motion Days
Department 1 - Judge James A. Manley; Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.
Department 2 - Judge Deborah K. Christopher; Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Most District Court proceedings are open to the public and trials are held periodically throughout the year.

U.S. Passport Information

Passport applications are processed between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Other days and times by appointment only, please contact our office. You must have all required documents, photocopies and passport photos or the appointment will be rescheduled. In addition, two seperate payments will be required (credit or debit cards are not accepted). If you have any questions with completing the application prior to your appointment, please visit the Department of State website or call the National Passport Information Center 1-877-487-2778.

Passport Renewal Applications are not processed through this office, please refer to the renewal application or contact the Department of State.
Clerk of District Court
Lyn Fricker
Lake County Courthouse Room 301
106 4th Ave E Polson, MT. 59860
(406) 883-7254
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