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City Departments: Court
 

Andrew Breuner, Belgrade City Court Judge
Shelley Morrow and Teresa Flanagan, Court Clerks

Belgrade City Court
91 East Central
Belgrade, MT 59714
Phone: (406) 388-3774
Fax: (406) 388-3779

City Prosecutor - Jon Hesse
411 East Callender Street
Livingston, MT 59047
Phone: (406) 222-6037
Fax: (406) 222-6040
Website: www.jmhesselaw.com

Office of the State Public Defender
Bozeman Public Defender
502 South 19th , Suite 211
Bozeman, MT 59718
Phone: (406) 582-2450
Fax: (406) 582-2451
Toll Free: (866) 395-8885
Website: http://www.publicdefender.mt.gov

 
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 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
 BELGRADE CITY COURT GENERAL SCHEDULE
 

The Court is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

MONDAY 8:30 AM
Initial appearances, arraignments, and warrants
TUESDAY 8:30 AM
Initial appearances, arraignments, and warrants
WEDNESDAY

8:15 AM
Jury trials

THURSDAY 9:00 AM
Hearings on Time Pay, sentence compliance, summons, and warrants
FRIDAY

9:00 AM
Bench Trials

IN CUSTODY DEFENDANTS
Generally, the judge sees in-custody defendants by video appearance the next business date after their arrest at 10:00 a.m.
(This is subject to change)

 
 TIME PAYMENTS
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. If you do not know the payment amount, call the court.
  2. If paying by check or money order, make the check payable to Belgrade City Court.
  3. Write the name of the person whose account you are making a payment on the memo line. It is helpful to include the ticket or case number.

PAYMENT METHODS

  • In person
    You may pay by cash, check, or money order at the large city window (across from the court).

  • By mail
    You may mail a check or money order for your payment to the court. Do NOT mail cash.

  • Drop Box – For After Hours Payments
    Put your check or money order in an envelope, seal it, and write Belgrade City Court on the outside. The drop box is located at the North Entrance to City Hall.

  • Online
    You may make an online payment for certain types of payments. You will be charged a convenience fee to use this service. You will need your date of birth, and your ticket or case number. If you do not know the ticket or case number, please call the court.

     

 
 THE BELGRADE CITY COURT JUDICIARY
 
The judiciary consists of one City Judge, a substitute Judge, and 1.5 FTE Court Clerks. Each year the Belgrade City Court processes approximately 2000 traffic, misdemeanor, city ordinance, and civil cases.

The Belgrade City Court is an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes. The Court works diligently to efficiently and effectively accomplish the duties of the Belgrade City Charter, the laws and Constitutions of the State of Montana and the United States.

 
 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: ANSWERED

When is the court clerk’s office open?

The court clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What time will the judge see me on my ticket?

You can come on a Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. or Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m.

Can I just pay my ticket and not come to court?

Sometimes you can pay money and not appear. The money you pay is called a bond. The court will forfeit your bond to pay the fines and fees. A bond forfeiture is a conviction. You have 90 days from the date of forfeiture to appear and contest your charges.

If you don’t know the bond amount or if you have to come to court, call the court clerks.

Who do I make a check out to when making a payment?

Make your check out to Belgrade City Court.

Where do I mail my payment?

Belgrade City Court
91 East Central
Belgrade, MT 59714

How do I find out how much I owe the court?

If you don’t know your payment amount, call the court clerk.

What information do I need to put on my check?

Write the name of the person whose account you are making a payment on the memo line. It is helpful to include the ticket or case number.

How can I make a payment to the court?

  • In person
    You may pay by cash, check, money order, or by debit/credit card at the large city window (across from the court). If you pay by debit/credit card, you will be charged a convenience fee.

  • By mail
    You may mail a check or money order for your payment to the court. Do NOT mail cash.

  • Drop Box
    For After Hours Payments Put your check or money order in an envelope, seal it, and write Belgrade City Court on the outside. The drop box is located at City Hall’s north entrance.

  • Online
    You may make an online payment for certain types of payments. You will be charged a convenience fee to use this service. You will need your date of birth, and your ticket or case number. If you do not know the ticket or case number, please call the court.

My case is in collections. Where do I make my payment?

The court uses a collection agency for past due accounts.

Municipal Services Bureau
8325 Tuscany Way Building #4
Austin, TX 78754-4734
Toll Free: (800) 616-0166
Phone: (512) 454-4757

How do I find out why my driver’s license is suspended?

If you have a Montana driver’s license, call the Department of Motor Vehicles at (406) 444-3288. They can tell you all of the reasons why your license is suspended and when you are eligible for reinstatement. If a court suspended your license because of a failure to appear or comply, you must contact the individual court to find out what you need to do to get your license back.

When must the court give me a lawyer for my criminal or traffic case?

If you qualify, the judge must give you a lawyer in any case where you might go to jail

How do I ask the judge for a lawyer on my criminal or traffic case?

  • Most people ask for a lawyer the first time they see the judge.
  • When you check-in with the court clerk, ask for the public defender application.
  • You must complete the public defender application.
  • Be sure to sign, date, and return it to the court clerk.
  • If you might go to jail, the judge will give an order giving you a lawyer.
  • Once you have an order, the public defender must qualify you for their services.

The judge gave me an order giving me a lawyer, what do I need to do for the public defender to qualify me?

Your lawyer is:
Office of the State Public Defender
Farm Bureau Building
502 South 19th, Suite 211
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 582-2450

You must immediately call the public defender.

  • Ask to talk to the person who handles the applications.
  • Ask “Do you have my application?”
  • Ask “Do you need anything else from me?”

In 10 days, you must give the public defender:

  • A completed application.
  • The other information they need
  • Be ready to give proof of your income, like paycheck stubs, bank statements, and tax returns. Or you can bring a letter from your employer, social security, or the welfare office.
  • Be ready to give proof of your expenses, like rent, insurance, utility bills, payments due to other courts, or medical bills.
  • Be ready to talk about other expenses, like gas for your car, food, child-care costs, or child-support.

The public defender will review your application.

  • If you qualify, they will continue as your lawyer.
  • If you don’t qualify, they will stop being your lawyer.
  • They will tell you their decision.

The public defender says I don’t qualify, can I ask the judge to decide?

  • Yes. You must complete a Motion to Review Public Defender Denial form and ask for a hearing. File your papers with the court.
  • The judge will schedule a hearing.
  • At your hearing, you can tell the judge why you can’t pay for a lawyer.
 
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