About the Clerk of District Court
What does the Clerk of District Court do?
The Clerk of District Court is the backbone of Gallatin County's judicial system. It is responsible for maintaining all of the current and historical records of the District Court, thousands of records dating back to the Montana Territory, prior to statehood. These records include Adoption, Civil, Criminal, Neglect, Domestic Relations, Guardianship, Juvenile, Paternity, Probate, Treatment Court and Involuntary Commitment cases. The majority of these records are open to the public. Our records are searched daily by title companies, credit agencies, investigative agencies and the general public. It is the Clerk of Court’s responsibility to ensure accurate and up-to-date records.
The Clerk of District Court also serves as Jury Commissioner for Gallatin County. As required by statute, each May the Secretary of State provides a combined list of registered voters, licensed drivers and holders of Montana ID cards to the Clerk of District Court. This list is stored and maintained electronically and it is from this list that jurors are pulled for the Municipal, Justice and District Court Judges. It is the Clerk’s duty to maintain an accurate listing of all selected jurors and to pull individual jury panels for the District Court Judges upon request.
It also issues Marriage Licenses!
Why it matters to each of us.
Navigating the legal system can be difficult--especially for those who cannot afford an attorney. The Clerk's office is the first and most important contact for most people because it is responsible for providing guidance and proper information. This is where a dedicated public servant has a real impact on the everyday lives of average people.
As Clerk of District Court, I’ll put YOU first. My proven commitment to excellent customer service makes me the best candidate for the Gallatin County Clerk of District Court!
Growth in the County affects the Court, too.
Currently, the 18th Judicial District Court is composed of three Judges and a Standing Master. With the growth of Gallatin County the Court's caseload continues to increase and the need for a fourth District Court Judge is imminent.
With this growth it is imperative that the citizens of Gallatin County have an efficient court system with equal access to everyone regardless of means.
Sandy's experience, strong work ethic and proven dedication make her the most capable candidate for the Clerk of Court!
My 19 years of experience working in this office has prepared me to hit the ground running and ensure this busy office keeps running smoothly!