United States District Court for the District of Montana


United States District Court for the District of Montana
United States District Court for the District of Montana
(D. Mont.)
Map
Map of USA MT.svg
Appeals to Ninth Circuit
Established February 22, 1889
Judges assigned 3
Chief judge Richard F. Cebull
Official site

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.

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History

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.

Judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
16 Chief Judge Judge Richard F. Cebull Helena 1944 2001–present 2008-present G.W. Bush
17 District Judge Sam E. Haddon Helena 1937 2001–present G.W. Bush
District Judge (vacant) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
13 Senior District Judge Charles C. Lovell Helena 1929 1985–2000 2000–present Reagan
14 Senior District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom Helena 1932 1990-2001 1996–2001 2001–present G.H. W. Bush
15 Senior District Judge Donald W. Molloy Helena 1946 1996–2011 2001-2008 2011-present Clinton


On August 16, 2011, a vacancy exists due to the decision of Donald W. Molloy to assume senior status. On May 4, 2011, President Obama nominated Dana L. Christensen to fill the seat. His nomination is currently pending.

Former Judges

Judge Appointed by Began active
service
Ended active
service
Ended senior
status
End reason
James Harris Baldwin Franklin D. Roosevelt 01935-06-04 June 4, 1935 01944-10-26 October 26, 1944 death
James Franklin Battin Richard Nixon 01969-02-27 February 27, 1969 01990-02-13 February 13, 1990 01996-09-27 September 27, 1996 death
George M. Bourquin William Howard Taft 01912-03-08 March 8, 1912 01934-03-09 March 9, 1934 01958-11-15 November 15, 1958 death
Robert Lewis Brown, Sr. Franklin D. Roosevelt 01945-04-07 April 7, 1945 01948-04-02 April 2, 1948 death
Paul G. Hatfield Jimmy Carter 01979-05-10 May 10, 1979 01996-02-09 February 9, 1996 02000-07-03 July 3, 2000 death
William Henry Hunt Theodore Roosevelt 01904-04-19 April 19, 1904 01910-03-30 March 30, 1910 reappointment
William James Jameson Dwight D. Eisenhower 01957-03-28 March 28, 1957 01969-02-27 February 27, 1969 01990-10-08 October 8, 1990 death
Hiram Knowles Benjamin Harrison 01890-02-21 February 21, 1890 01904-04-15 April 15, 1904 retirement
William Daniel Murray Harry S. Truman 01949-05-09 May 9, 1949 01965-12-31 December 31, 1965 01994-10-03 October 3, 1994 death
Charles Nelson Pray Calvin Coolidge 01924-02-08 February 8, 1924 01957-04-10 April 10, 1957 01963-09-12 September 12, 1963 death
Carl L. Rasch William Howard Taft 01910-05-02 May 2, 1910 01911-10-15 October 15, 1911 resignation
Russell Evans Smith Lyndon B. Johnson 01966-03-26 March 26, 1966 01979-05-12 May 12, 1979 01990-03-29 March 29, 1990 death

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