The Bridger City Court is a court of limited jurisdiction within the 22nd Judicial District. It operates under the Montana Justice and City Court Rules of Civil Procedure and the Montana Uniform Rules for the Justice and City Courts. The conduct of the judge is governed by the 2008 Montana Code of Judicial Conduct, enforced by the Judicial Standards Commission of the Montana Supreme Court.
Upcoming Jury Trials
The jury trial for May 11 has been continued until June 22, 2020. You will be notified by phone on June 11 if you need to appear.
The Bridger City Court will remain open for business as (almost) usual until further notice during the COVID-19 infectious disease outbreak/pandemic.
The Court will be very tolerant of people who have been or are worried about becoming exposed to COVID-19.
Until further notice, all appearances must be remote. A PDF list of hearings will be posted on the court calendar entry for each court date. Cases are called in the order they appear on that list. If you absolutely cannot appear remotely and show up in person for court, you may have to wait outside the court building until other people have exited. There can only be ONE case in the court room at a time. Our court room is not large enough to permit more than 3 people to be 6 feet apart. Even then, you may only enter IF you are not feeling ill and preferably wearing a mask.
Trials will be held in person. All jury trials and all bench trials involving more than 1 witness will be held in the Bridger Civic Center.
The court office will be CLOSED for in-person business. Anytthing that needs to get to the court must be mailed.
As usual, anybody finding if difficult to pay on their fine--including for COVID-19 releated reasons--can ask the Court to adjust their payment terms.
If you've received a Notice To Appear And Complaint where the MUST APPEAR box is checked, you will need to appear in court on the date and time indicated on the citation.
The court offce is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Open Court is held each Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Consult the court calendar (see link at the top of the page) for details.
The Bridger City Court can generally hear civil cases where the amount in question is twelve thousand dollars or less.