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Judicial Education


Courts of Limited Jurisdiction: There are 36 City Court Judges, 68 Justices of the Peace and 5 Municipal Court Judges in the State of Montana for a total of 109 limited court judges. Pursuant to MCA 3-10-203, MCA, the Court Administrator's Office is required to provide two mandatory annual training sessions for all elected and appointed limited court judges. All limited court judges are required to attend both training sessions. Each judge must complete a minimum of 15 hours of continuing judicial education each year.

All newly elected or appointed limited court judges shall take and pass a certification test within six months after taking office; and shall take and pass a certification test every 4 years thereafter.

Commission on Courts of Limited Jurisdiction: This committee develops all training curricula for limited court judges. The committee generally meets the third Friday of each month with the exception of July and December.

District Court Judges: There are 22 Judicial Districts in the State of Montana and 42 District Court Judges; one Water Court Judge; and one Workers' Compensation Judge. The Court Administrator's Office provides two training sessions each year. Each judge must complete a minimum of 15 hours of continuing judicial education each year.

Supreme Court Justices: There are 7 Supreme Court Justices in the State of Montana. The Court Administrator's Office provides two training sessions each year. Each justice must complete a minimum of 15 hours of continuing judicial education each year.

Judicial Education Committee: This committee develops all training curricula for District Court Judges, the Water Court Judge, the Worker's Compensation Judge and all Supreme Court Justices. The Committee meets at the call of the Chairman, approximately four times per year.