The Office of Public Defenders in Cascade County may be reached by calling (406) 770-3200 and is located at 615 2nd Ave North, 3rd Floor.
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A child support payment history may be obtained by sending an inquiry to the Clerk of Court or by calling 406-454-6780. Payments are processed the day they are received. If you have recently changed your residence or mailing address, be sure to advise the court in writing so your future checks will be mailed accordingly. If you failed to notify us of your new address and you are concerned that a check may have been mailed to an old address, please contact us by phone 406-454-6780.
You may reach The Clerk of Court’s Office by calling (406)-454-6780 or via email at [email protected].
Supervision fees and felony restitution fees are paid through State offices in Helena. Their contact information is 800-801-3478. The mailing address is: Dept of Corrections, Collection Unit, PO Box 201350 Helena, MT 59620. The payment must include your name, your Department of Corrections (DOC) ID No.(AO#12345), and the name of your current Probation/Parole/ISP Officer.
Only criminal fines and misdemeanor restitution payments are payable through the Clerk of Court.
This office can provide that information by phone at 406-454-6788.
No. (With the exception of the Asbestos Claims Court which requires electronic filing.)
Yes. You may open a civil name change case with a fee of $120. A name change packet is available from the Self-Help Law Center located at 13 6th Street South, (406) 205-0347, or from the Forms Section at www.courts.mt.gov/forms. Adults must publish in a newspaper for the statutorily required time but there is no publication requirement for a minor name change if both parents file a consent.
If the names of multiple children in one family are being changed, a separate petition must be filed for each child.
Documentation is available on-line through the State Law Library at www.courts.mt.gov/forms or through the Self-Help Law Center located at 13 6th Street South, (406) 205-0347. A completed petition may be filed with the Clerk of District Court along with the required $120 fee. A hearing must be conducted.
Construction and Mechanic’s liens are filed with the Clerk & Recorder.
City of Great Falls Municipal Court
Cascade County Justice Court
You may file a petition with a limited court or the District Court; you must file with only the District Court if you have a dissolution matter pending. There is no fee. You may also contact Victim-Witness Assistance Services office for more information.
Submit a signed letter or pleading to this office requesting the judge to remove the Order and your reason. You will need to provide proof of identification at the Office of the Clerk of Court upon submission of your request.
Yes, we can fax or email copies of any public record. A fee of $.25 per page must be paid in advance, however.
You must contact the Cascade County Sheriff’s Department for warrant information.
Cascade County Clerk & Recorder’s Office located at 121 4th Street North Suite 1B-1.
Traffic tickets and citations are all handled by the courts of limited jurisdiction – Justice Court or Great Falls Municipal Court. The ticket or citation will list the name of the court and/or the name of the Judge
Litigants and/or their legal representative must be present in court at or prior to the scheduled date and time. All jurors must check in at the Clerk of Court prior to Juror Orientation.
Any party to a case or one’s legal representative may only have audience with the court at a scheduled hearing or attorney’s conference.
You may appear at our office personally, or you can mail your written request to: Clerk of Court, 415 2nd Ave North, Great Falls, MT 59401. You must include a self addressed stamped, return envelope, and a cahiers check or money order made payable to the Clerk of Court. Statutory fees vary depending upon the requested document; most photocopies are $1.00 per page for the first 10 pages and $.50 cents per page thereafter. A copy of a divorce decree is $10 (regardless of length), a copy of a marriage license is $5, and an additional $2 is required for certification of any document. We do not accept personal checks. Your copy and a receipt for the exact charge will be returned. Note: Confidential records require court ordered approval to open and provide copies. Please call to discuss procedure relative to requests for confidential documents (such as adoption matters). **Document Request Forms may be found in the Copies and Search Request Documents page.
You must complete and submit a juror affidavit requesting an excuse as soon as possible prior to trial (Affidavit For Excusal). The Court will consider your request to be excused and will notify you of the decision prior to trial..
Copies of Summons can be obtained by calling the Clerk of Court at 406-454-6780. Information regarding the current trial settings can be found by clicking this link, Jury.
Please review the Montana Codes Annotated, Title 40 – Family Law.
Yes. You can contact Justice Court to assist you with making an appointment.
Please review the Montana Codes Annotated, Title 40 – Family Law 40-1-311. Declaration of marriage without solemnization This section of the codes includes the requirements for drafting a Declaration of Marriage. Parties must complete a marriage application and must pay the required $53.00 fee to the Clerk of Court.
If a license has expired, it is invalid, and the couple must begin the process again by re-applying for another license. A new fee must be paid.
No. Marriage Licenses in Montana expire after 180 days from the issue date. The couple must begin the process again and reapply for another marriage license.
Until the license is filed , no record of your marriage exists, so you would only be considered married by common law – no paper trail. Please file the original license immediately. If it has been lost or destroyed, you must file a Declaration of Marriage; a new application process and fee will be required.
Marriage by proxy is when one or both parties to a marriage cannot be present at the ceremony. Section 40-1-301(2), MCA If a party to a marriage is unable to be present at the solemnization, the party may authorize in writing a third person to act as proxy. If the person solemnizing the marriage is satisfied that the absent party is unable to be present and has consented to the marriage, the person may solemnize the marriage by proxy. If the person solemnizing the marriage is not satisfied, the parties may petition the district court for an order permitting the marriage to be solemnized by proxy.
We can issue marriage licenses Monday-Friday from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Most questions regarding passports and travel abroad are addressed by the US Passport website http://travel.state.gov
A passport application, instructions, and information as to documentation requirements can be obtained through the US Department of State http://travel.state.gov
We can accommodate passport applicants Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Each application process can take anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour depending upon documentation available, proper fees, etc. Appointments are not necessary.
If the estate is worth less than $50K we have an affidavit form you may use. The opening of a probate may not be required if the estate does not exceed $50,000.00, but all assets must be held in joint tenancy. Should probating the estate be necessary, the filing fee is $100, and you must either consult a licensed attorney or represent yourself. The Self-Help Law Center (406-205-0347) may be of assistance in obtaining necessary forms or you may go here, How to be the Personal Representative for a Small Estate for directions and necessary forms to open a probate in the State of Montana.