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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Richland County Justice Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Richland County, Montana, and resources applicable to all courts in Montana.
Search court case records
Criminal History Search
The Montana Department of Justice provides a search of criminal history public records by name and date of birth, with options to enter a social security number and alias names.
Driver History Records
The Montana Department of Justice offers an online search service for access to driver history records by driver license number, name, and date of birth.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Opinions and Letters of Advice
Search Montanta Attorney General Opinions and Letters of Advice by year and number.
Forms and related information
Public Defender Application
View and download the State Public Defender's application for court-appointed counsel for use in criminal cases when the defendant cannot afford a lawyer.
Online Court Forms and Information
Forms, instructions and related information are organized by legal topic and type of court. Available forms include general civil, divorce, child custody, child support, evictions, small claims, protective orders, name change, wills, workers' compensation, and many other types of cases.
Online Self-Help Forms
MontanaLawHelp offers do-it-yourself forms and instructions organized by legal issue. Some forms may be completed online with an interactive interview process.
Attorney Complaint Information and Form
The Montana Office of Disciplinary Counsel provides an online form with instructions on how to file a complaint against an attorney.
Online fine payments
Pay Richland County Justice Court Citations, Fines, and Fees
Pay Richland County Justice Court citations, fines, and court fees online by citation number or case number, and date of birth. A service fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Richland County Justice and City Court Civil Case Information
View and download instructions for starting or defending a civil case in Richland County Justice Court or Sidney City Court.
Richland County Justice Court Small Claims Information
View and download instructions for starting or defending a small claims case in Richland County Justice Court.
Domestic Violence Resources
Find information on resources available to victims of domestic violence in Montana, including protection orders, forms, Hope cards, and address confidentiality.
Foreclosure Information and Resources
View information about foreclosure procedures and foreclosure prevention resources in Montana, including a link to agencies that provide assistance and counseling.
Legal Information Publications
Montana Legal Services Association offers downloadable brochures and flyers about legal topics including consumer, family, housing, benefits, and tax law. Assistance is available in Spanish as well.
Legal Information and Self-Help Resources
The State Bar of Montana offers legal information on a variety of topics, including dissolution of marriage, estate planning, landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, real estate and small claims.
Legal Information and Resources
MontanaLawHelp offers legal information by topic, including family, housing, consumer, military, senior, and Indian law. Information includes forms, instructions, legal referrals and additional resources for navigating through the court system.
Montana Indian Law
View information about Indian law in Montana, organized by topic and tribe, and including laws, tribal courts, treaties, and rights.
Search the Montana Code (Laws) by Table of Contents or by keyword.
Find Attorney Discipline Records
The Montana Office of Disciplinary Counsel provides a list of disciplined attorneys, rules of professional conduct, an attorney complaint form, and frequently asked questions regarding disciplinary procedures.
Child Support Services
The Montana Department of Health and Human Services offers information and services related to child support, including assistance making or changing a child support order, locating absent parents, establishing paternity, and enforcement of child support orders. Links to online child support payments and online account status are included.
View contact information for Self-Help Law Centers, which provide free information, forms, and access to resources for people with civil legal problems throughout the state. The Montana Supreme Court provides this service.
State Law Library
View information about the Montana State Law Library, including contacts and location, an online catalog and Ask A Librarian service, a list of legal services and resources by topic, and links to additional research assistance.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
The Montana Department of Justice provides information about consumer protection and various types of fraud. Services include online complaint filing and downloadable consumer-protection forms, checklists, and sample letters.
View information about the Office of the State Public Defender, which provides criminal defense services to defendants who cannot afford a lawyer. A clickable system map provides local office contact information.
Find Free and Low-Cost Legal Help
Search a directory of organizations offering free and low-cost legal services and other court-related assistance by location and legal issue, or review an alphabetical list of the organizations by name.
Find a Montana Attorney
Search the State Bar of Montana directory of member attorneys.
Lawyer Referral Service
The State Bar of Montana offers a lawyer referral service to individuals seeking legal representation by location and legal needs. There is no fee for referring callers to attorneys in their area, but this service does not make referrals to low-cost or free legal services.
Limited Scope Representation
View information about limited scope representation, in which lawyers provide some services to self-represented parties for a smaller fee than full representation. Services may include advice about the case, evidence preparation, coaching, discovery, court appearances for difficult parts of the case, and other tasks as agreed.
Free Legal Assistance
Montana Legal Services Association provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents.