United States District Court for the District of Montana
|United States District Court for the District of Montana
|Appeals to||Ninth Circuit|
|Established||February 22, 1889|
|Chief judge||Dana L. Christensen|
The United States District Court for the District of Montana (in case citations, D. Mont.) is the United States District Court whose jurisdiction is the state of Montana (except the part of the state within Yellowstone National Park, which is under the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming). The court is located in Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula.
Cases from the District of Montana are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Montana represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana is Michael Cotter.
The District of Montana was organized on February 22, 1889, by 25 Stat. 676, following Montana's admission to statehood. Congress organized Montana as a single judicial district, and authorized one judgeship for the district court, which was assigned to the Ninth Circuit. A temporary second judgeship was added on September 14, 1922, by 42 Stat. 837, and was made permanent on May 31, 1938 by 52 Stat. 584. On July 10, 1984, by 98 Stat. 333, the third judgeship was authorized.
- As of December 31, 2012, a vacancy exists due to the decision of Judge Sam E. Haddon to take senior status. No replacement nominee is pending.
- As of March 18, 2013, a second vacancy exists due to the decision of Judge Richard F. Cebull to take senior status. No replacement nominee is pending.
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|18||District Judge||Dana L. Christensen||Missoula||1951||2011–present||2013—present||—||Obama|
|13||Senior District Judge||Charles C. Lovell||Helena||1929||1985–2000||—||2000–present||Reagan|
|14||Senior District Judge||Jack D. Shanstrom||Billings||1932||1990–2001||1996–2001||2001–present||G.H. W. Bush|
|15||Senior District Judge||Donald W. Molloy||Missoula||1946||1996–2011||2001–2008||2011–present||Clinton|
|17||Senior District Judge||Sam E. Haddon||Great Falls||1937||2001–2012||—||2012–present||G.W. Bush|
 Former Judges
|#||Judge||State||Born/Died||Active service||Term as Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for
|1||Hiram Knowles||MT||1834–1911||1890–1904||—||—||B. Harrison||retirement|
|2||William Henry Hunt||MT||1857–1949||1904–1910||—||—||T. Roosevelt||reappointment|
|3||Carl L. Rasch||MT||1866–1961||1910–1911||—||—||Taft||resignation|
|4||George M. Bourquin||MT||1863–1958||1912–1934||—||1934–1958||Taft||death|
|5||Charles Nelson Pray||MT||1868–1963||1924–1957||1948–1957||1957–1963||Coolidge||death|
|6||James Harris Baldwin||MT||1876–1944||1935–1944||—||—||F. Roosevelt||death|
|7||Robert Lewis Brown, Sr.||MT||1892–1948||1945–1948||—||—||F. Roosevelt||death|
|8||William Daniel Murray||MT||1908–1994||1949–1965||1957–1965||1965–1994||Truman||death|
|9||William James Jameson||MT||1898–1990||1957–1969||1965–1968||1969–1990||Eisenhower||death|
|10||Russell Evans Smith||MT||1908–1990||1966–1979||1968–1978||1979–1990||L. Johnson||death|
|11||James Franklin Battin||MT||1925–1996||1969–1990||1978–1990||1990–1996||Nixon||death|
|12||Paul G. Hatfield||MT||1928–2000||1979–1996||1990–1996||1996–2000||Carter||death|
|16||Richard F. Cebull||MT||1944–present||2001–2013||2008–2013||2013–2013||G.W. Bush||retirement|
 See also
- United States District Court for the District of Montana Official Website
- United States Attorney for the District of Montana Official Website
- U.S. District Court of Montana, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.