Court

Covid-19 Court Update

While the Court remains open, we take your safety very seriously. Please practice good hygiene and reasonable distancing practices at the Court. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about court dates at 406-388-3774, Do not come to court if you are sick with cold or flu symptoms or if you are avoiding public places due to personal risk factors (e.g., age, chronic illness etc.). If possible, please make court payments telephonically or online as described below. We will continue to update our practices as information is received from federal, state and local agencies. Thank you.

The Belgrade City Court Judiciary

The City court is staffed by a City Judge, a panel of judges pro temps, a senior court clerk, and two associate court clerks. Each year the Belgrade City Court processes approximately 2000 traffic, misdemeanor, city ordinance, and civil cases.

The Belgrade City Court is an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes. The Court works diligently to efficiently and effectively accomplish the duties of the Belgrade City Charter, the laws and Constitutions of the State of Montana and the United States.

Belgrade City Court General Schedule

DayTime
Monday

1:30 pm
Initial appearances, arraignments, and warrants

Tuesday

8:30 am
Initial appearances, arraignments, and warrants

Wednesday

8:15 am
Jury trials

Thursday

9 am
Hearings on Time Pay, sentence compliance, summons, and warrants

Friday

9 am
Bench Trials

In Custody Defendants

Generally, the judge sees in-custody defendants by video appearance the next business date after their arrest at 9:15 am (This is subject to change).

Civil Actions

The Belgrade City Court has jurisdiction over claims for money damages up to $9,500.

The City Court does not handle evictions in landlord-tenant disputes or security deposit claims brought under the Montana Residential Landlord-Tenant Act.

The rules of civil procedure for Montana city courts are found in Title 25, Chapters 23 and 24 of the Montana Code.

Under Montana law, these rules are to be interpreted to promote just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of civil actions.

Fees, including a $50 filing fee for plaintiffs and a $30 answer fee for defendants, apply to civil suits.

Most cases will be referred to trained volunteer mediators to explore the possibility of pre-trial settlement prior to the Court setting a trial date. Mediation of this kind typically achieves success rates of 70% or greater without trial.

Civil forms for city court can be found at the Montana Judicial Branch website by selecting "Forms"; then "Civil Court Forms"; and then the "Limited Jurisdiction" (city court) menu items.

Time Payments

General Information

If you do not know the payment amount, call the court.

If paying by check or money order, make the check payable to Belgrade City Court.

Write the name of the person whose account you are making a payment on the memo line. It is helpful to include the ticket or case number.

Payment Methods

In person
You may pay by cash, check, or money order at the large city window (across from the court). Card payments can be processed at the city window or telephonically.

By mail
You may mail a check or money order for your payment to the court. Do not mail cash.

Drop Box - For After Hours Payments
Put your check or money order in an envelope, seal it, and write Belgrade City Court on the outside. The drop box is located at the North Entrance to City Hall.

Online
You may make an online payment for certain types of payments. You will be charged a convenience fee to use this service. You will need your date of birth, and your ticket or case number. If you do not know the ticket or case number, please call the court. Visit the CitePayUSA website to make online payments.