Justice Courts

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


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