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.
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|18||Chief Judge||Dana L. Christensen||Missoula||1951||2011–present||2013–present||—||Obama|
|19||District Judge||Brian Morris||Great Falls||1963||2013–present||—||—||Obama|
|20||District Judge||Susan P. Watters||Billings||1958||2013–present||—||—||Obama|
|13||Senior Judge||Charles C. Lovell||Helena||1929||1985–2000||—||2000–present||Reagan|
|15||Senior Judge||Donald W. Molloy||Missoula||1946||1996–2011||2001–2008||2011–present||Clinton|
|17||Senior Judge||Sam E. Haddon||Great Falls||1937||2001–2012||—||2012–present||G.W. Bush|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for
|1||Knowles, HiramHiram Knowles||MT||1834–1911||1890–1904||—||—||Harrison, B.B. Harrison||retirement|
|2||Hunt, William HenryWilliam Henry Hunt||MT||1857–1949||1904–1910||—||—||Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt||reappointment|
|3||Rasch, Carl L.Carl L. Rasch||MT||1866–1961||1910–1911||—||—||Taft, Taft||resignation|
|4||Bourquin, George M.George M. Bourquin||MT||1863–1958||1912–1934||—||1934–1958||Taft, Taft||death|
|5||Pray, Charles NelsonCharles Nelson Pray||MT||1868–1963||1924–1957||1948–1957||1957–1963||Coolidge, Coolidge||death|
|6||Baldwin, James HarrisJames Harris Baldwin||MT||1876–1944||1935–1944||—||—||Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt||death|
|7||Brown, Sr., Robert LewisRobert Lewis Brown, Sr.||MT||1892–1948||1945–1948||—||—||Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt||death|
|8||Murray, William DanielWilliam Daniel Murray||MT||1908–1994||1949–1965||1957–1965||1965–1994||Truman, Truman||death|
|9||Jameson, William JamesWilliam James Jameson||MT||1898–1990||1957–1969||1965–1968||1969–1990||Eisenhower, Eisenhower||death|
|10||Smith, Russell EvansRussell Evans Smith||MT||1908–1990||1966–1979||1968–1978||1979–1990||Johnson, L.L. Johnson||death|
|11||Battin, James FranklinJames Franklin Battin||MT||1925–1996||1969–1990||1978–1990||1990–1996||Nixon, Nixon||death|
|12||Hatfield, Paul G.Paul G. Hatfield||MT||1928–2000||1979–1996||1990–1996||1996–2000||Carter, Carter||death|
|14||Jack D. Shanstrom||MT||1932–present||1990–2001||1996–2001||2001–2013||Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush||retirement|
|16||Cebull, Richard F.Richard F. Cebull||MT||1944–present||2001–2013||2008–2013||2013||Bush, G.W.G.W. Bush||retirement|
Succession of seats
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Courts of Montana
- List of United States federal courthouses in Montana
- 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.