Clerk of District Court
This office is responsible for a wide variety of duties and record-keeping for Roosevelt County. It is the responsibility of the Clerk of District Court to both protect and provide open access to the records in our possession. Some documents and records are sealed and confidential by law, but most are open for public review. You may find yourself in need of our assistance if you need to obtain a marriage license, review documents regarding a probate filing, obtain a copy of your dissolution decree, or if you find yourself selected for a district court jury panel. These are just a few of the many types of matters handled within our office. Hopefully, this web site will help you on your way to finding the information you need. If you are unable to locate your information, or you need any help at all, please give us a call. We are more than happy to assist you in any way possible. If you have any questions regarding any of the statutes mentioned in this web site, please go to the Links page and click on Montana Law Library for more information. The Clerk of District Court is a sworn public servant who, by constitutional and statutory authority, provides the primary administrative function for the District Court of the 15th Judicial District Court. Since 1919.
The following has been taken from the Clerk Handbook:
Court Clerks are dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to court users. The following are some examples of what a Clerk can and cannot do in their capacity.
CAN give information, but they
CANNOT give legal advice.
CAN answer general questions about how the court works, but they
CANNOT explain judicial decisions, let you speak to the judge outside of the courtroom, or talk with the judge on what will happen on your case.
CAN give you general information about court rules, terminology, procedures, and practices. They
CANNOT advise you as to how the court rules and procedures will be applied to your case.
CAN provide you with contact information for legal service programs, but they
CANNOT refer you to specific lawyers, contact programs, or lawyers for you, or give answers that involve legal advice.
CAN give you legal definitions, but they
CANNOT give you legal interpretations.
CAN give procedural definitions but
CANNOT give procedural advice.
CAN give you cites of statutes, court rules, and ordinances but they
CANNOT complete research of statutes, court rules and ordinances.
CAN give you public case information, but they
CANNOT give you confidential case information.
CAN give you forms and instructions on how to complete them, but they
CANNOT fill out forms for a party, except for persons with disabilities.
CAN review your form by checking for signatures, notarization, correct county name, and case number but they
CANNOT correct forms for you or tell you what corrections should be made.
CAN usually answer general questions about court deadlines but
CANNOT change an order issued by a judge.
Court Clerks do not know all the answers to all questions about court rules, procedures, and practices. If the Clerk does not know the answer to a particular question, or is unable to provide an answer, you will be directed to talkwith an attorney.
There is a statutory search fee of $2 per name per year for the first seven years, and $1 per name for each additional year. We are unable to do searches over the telephone, as the search fee must be pre-paid. We do not have a public computer terminal however we do have a card file for all records in the Clerk of District Court’s Office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our office does not handle any traffic citations. Please check the ticket you were issued to determine if you need to contact Roosevelt County Justice Court (Wolf Point) at (406) 653-6258 or Roosevelt County Justice Court Post #2 (Culbertson) (406)787-6607 or Municipal Court at (406) 653-6261.
Small Claims Court is located within the Roosevelt County Justice Court. If you have questions regarding a Small Claims Court action, you will need to contact Roosevelt County Justice Court (Wolf Point) at (406) 653-6258 or Roosevelt County Justice Court Post #2 (Culbertson) (406)787-6607 or Municipal Court at (406) 653-6261.