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Montana Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


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Montana Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Mont. Const.)

  2. Bills
    The Montana Legislature convenes in a regular session (up to 90 legislative days) in each odd-numbered year.

  3. Laws of Montana (Mont. Laws)

    Additional Resources
    ¶ Laws of Montana … See legislative reports linked below.

    To view the text of a chaptered bill (that is, a session law), various legislative reports can be used together to identify the chaptered bill of interest; then the text of the bill can be viewed on-line by using the link for “Bills” above, or the text can be downloaded in a WordPerfect file by using a link for the “session law directory” on the page for legislative reports.

  4. Montana Code (Mont. Code)
    See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.

    Additional Resources
    ¶ Superseded Codes:


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Montana Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules ♦ Rules of Procedure
  2. Rules of Practice ♦ Judicial Rules ♦ Professional Ethics Decisions
  3. Additional Resources
    ¶ Montana Courts: New Rules and Proposed Rules


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Montana Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
  2. Administrative Rules of Montana (Mont. Admin. R.) This is knowm as “ARM” in Montana.
  3. Montana Administrative Register (Mont. Admin. Reg.) This is knowm as “MAR” in Montana.
  4. Rules of State Agencies
  5. Board of Oil and Gas Conservation Rules
  6. Opinions ♦ Decisions ♦ Orders ♦ Rulings


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Montana Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • Code Publishing Co.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
  • Quality Code Publishing
  • Sterling Codifiers
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. Great Falls
    3. County Ordinances
    4. Municipal Ordinances
           
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


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    Montana Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Montana law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Public Land & Resources Law Review (Pub. Land & Resources L. Rev.) … [Univ. of Montana Sch. of Law]


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    Other Montana Commentary



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    Montana Law-Related Topical Web Sites



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    Montana Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, see Judgepedia, a Wikipedia-style web site, self-described as “an encyclopedia about judges and courts,” which is maintained by the Sam Adams Alliance (Illinois).
    1. Web Sites
      See also the web site for the Montana Judicial Branch.
    2. Addresses ♦ Names ♦ Numbers


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    Montana Forms

    1. Environmental Quality Department
    2. Complaint / Spill Report
    3. Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board: Forms
    4. Revenue Department: Forms

    5. Secretary of State: Business Entity Forms

    6. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.

    7. U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Forms

    8. Workers’ Compensation Court: Forms


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    Other Montana Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact and Staff Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / North Carolina Industrial Commission]

    3. Bar Associations ♦ Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools ♦ Admission to Practice ♦ Continuing Legal Education


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    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Montana Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Montana law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Montana.

    3. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Montana Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.

     

     


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