Justice Courts

The justice of the peace is an elected position.  The courtroom is located on the third floor of the Courthouse, Room 305.

Activities
The activities of the office are:
  • Civil jurisdiction action if the sum claim is between $7,000 to $12,000
  • Concurrent jurisdiction with the District Court
  • Small claims action for amounts from $3,000 to $7,000
  • Jurisdiction over forcible entry
  • Unlawful detainment and residential landlord-tenant disputes
Criminal Jurisdiction
The office has criminal jurisdiction for:
  • Misdemeanors not exceeding $500 or one year incarceration
  • Fish and game statutes
  • Concurrent jurisdiction with district court for misdemeanors
  • Examining and committing courts for preliminary hearings
Fees and Payment of Fines
  • Payments can be made at the Justice Court office :  Room 305, 155 W. Granite Street, Butte, MT 59701, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Check or cash only (or pay online at CitePayUSA.com with VISA, MaterCard, Discover, Debit Card or echeck)
  Pay Online
  Alternatively, secure payments can be made online at:

  • www.citepayusa.com
  • Select "Montana" from the drop down list
  • Under "Please select a court", select Butte Justice Court
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your payment