Legal and Judicial
|The departments listed on
provide the following internal services:
Phone: (406) 497-6230
The County Attorney's office prosecutes criminal cases within the City and County of Butte-Silver Bow. It serves as legal advisor to the governing bodies of local, State, and School Districts. The activities of the office include: prosecution of criminal cases in the City, Justice, District, and Juvenile Courts; and represents the City and County on all criminal and civil appeals to the Montana Supreme Court and the Federal Courts.
The County Attorney must also issue legal opinion upon submission of an authoritative request. The office also handles certain victim abuse complaints and family violence. The County Attorney is an elected position.
The County Attorney's office is located in the Courthouse, 155 West Granite, Room 104.
For consumer protection problems, please contact the Consumer Protection Office in Helena, Montana.
The phone number is 1-800-481-6896.
District Court Judges
|State of Montana
Silver Bow County Courthouse
155 West Granite St., Third Floor
Butte, Montana 59701
|Judge Kurt Krueger
Second Judicial District
|Judge Brad Newman
Second Judicial District
Each Thursday morning is designated as our Adult and Juvenile Law and Motion Calendar.
In order to assist those participating, the following applies.
We hope this schedule will avoid conflicts with counsel being in Court. If conflicts do arise, counsel should advise the Court. Civil youth matters are held on Wednesday mornings. Check with the Judge's secretary to avoid conflicts. Law and Motion is held on Fridays at 9:00 a.m.
The District Judge is an elected position.
Courthouse, Room 404155 W. Granite St.
Phone: (406) 497-6395
The City Judge presides over all misdemeanors and ordinances in Butte-Silver Bow County. The City Judge is an elected position. The Courtroom is located on the fourth floor of the Courthouse, Room 404.
Clerk of the Court
Courthouse, Room 313
155 W. Granite St.
Phone: (406) 497-6350
Fax: (406) 497-6358
The Clerk of the Court is required by law to keep the minutes of court proceedings; issue legal processes and notices; accept passport applications; and issue marriage licenses. The Clerk must attend all court hearings and record judgments, wills, court orders, decrees, and summons. The Clerk of the Court is an elected position. This office is located at the Courthouse; 155 West Granite, Room 313. Phone (406) 497-6350.
Phone: (406) 497-6447
The Coroner's Office investigates deaths within the City and County of Butte-Silver Bow, which occur from "other than natural causes." The activities of this office include investigation of deaths involving foul play; conducting investigations with appropriate law enforcement agencies; arranging forensic autopsies as applicable; conducting inquests upon the instructions of the County Attorney or Attorney General; and impaneling juries and summoning witnesses at inquests.
The Coroner is an elected position. The Coroner's office is located at the Law Enforcement Building, 225 Alaska Street, Butte, MT Phone: (406) 497-6447.
Judge Ben Pezdark
Judge Debra Darragh Williams
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 detainer and residential landlord-tenant disputes.
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.
The Justice of the Peace is an elected position. The Justices hold court at the Courthouse, 155 West Granite, Room 314.
Phone (406) 497-6390.
Jeanne Joki Tanner
This position administers the probate of estates for deceased persons with no heirs, successors, or relatives. This elected office receives no salary but is eligible to assess a fee against each estate probated. Public Administrator is an elected position. To contact the Public Administrator, call (406) 497-6225.
Courthouse, 155 W. Granite Street
Chief Probation Officer: Tom Billteen
Deputy Juvenile Probation Officers: Jennifer Briggs, Jeremey Whitlock, Jim Dupuis, Katie English
Office Assistant: Dee Dee Davidson
The Youth Court Probation department personnel are employees of the State of Montana, under the direction of the State Supreme Court and are supervised locally by the District Court Judges of the Second Judicial District. The Youth Court Probation Office receives referrals primarily from Law Enforcement agencies for violations of the law by citizens under the age of eighteen. Referrals range from curfew, truancy and runaway to more serious misdemeanor and felony violations of the law.
The majority of juveniles referred will address allegations against them through an informal process involving their parent/guardian and a Juvenile Probation Officer. In some cases, a formal process is initiated whereby the referral is forwarded to the county attorney and a petition is filed in Youth Court. The youth will then appear before a Youth Court Judge.
The mission of Youth Court is to provide supervision of juvenile offenders in the least restrictive environment through a balanced approach that incorporates community protection, victim empathy, and competency development of the juvenile offender. Youth are referred to a variety of services and the Youth Court Probation Office works with numerous community agencies to develop prevention and diversion programs.
Youth Court Probation is located in the BSB Courthouse, 155 W. Granite Street, Butte, Montana, Room 410
Phone: (406) 497-6375 Fax: (406) 497-6383.