It is the goal and responsibility of the Clerk of Court to serve the public in areas including, but not limited to, case management, marriage licenses, passports, and child support records. We assist District Court judges by providing optimum and efficient management of all District Court records. Our aspiration is to attain these obligations as efficiently and amiably as possible, as would be expected by the citizens of Sweet Grass County.
ABOUT JURY TRIAL STATUS: Date and length of trials may vary depending upon the cases. Jurors will be kept apprised by this web page or by calling the Clerk of District Court during office hours at 406-932-5154. If the parties have settled, the case will be marked as such here, and you would not need to appear for service. If you have any questions, please email the Clerk of Court or call us at 406-932-5154. In Montana, jurors’ names for all courts are obtained annually from the Secretary of State. As Jury Commissioner, the Clerk of District Court is responsible for the management of the lists of names for each court in the county.
The new jury laws that became effective October 2007 allow for lists of potential jurors to be derived from all names in the lists of registered voters, licensed drivers and holders of Montana Identification cards. Sweet Grass County pulls approximately 850 names for each annual pool and from that group we randomly select jurors for all courts in the jurisdiction. District Court jurors number about 500 persons annually and from this group names are drawn randomly to serve on specific trials. Jurors are initially called to service by a letter of notification and a request to complete a juror questionnaire. A jury summons is issued two weeks prior to the trial date for specific trials informing jurors as to the date and time for service and an approximate length of trial. We are able to notify jurors as to any settlement of cases via this web page &/or by calling the jurors on the panel.
Jurors are welcome to call the Clerk of Court office at 406-932-5154. The Courts recognize the difficulties jurors face in making themselves available for participation in the judicial process and every effort is made to avoid all possible inconvenience to jurors, their families, and employers. Jury service is a privilege and can be a most rewarding and educational experience. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact this office. We will do our best to accommodate every juror’s needs.