Clerk of District Court

The Clerk of District Court’s office is the "Hub" of the Judicial System. The Clerk of the District Court, in addition to keeping the records for the District Court & performing the duties prescribed by statute, takes charge of & safety keeps and disposes of all papers & records filed in the clerk's office. The Clerk of District Court attends all hearings held by the court & keeps minutes, which must contain the proceedings of the court.

The Clerk of District Court issues all process and notices required to be issued. This office also enters all orders, judgements, and decrees in the files and judgement docket. The Clerk of District Court must also keep a register of actions for each case filed in District Court. The Clerk of District Court also keeps itemized records of all fees received by the court.

The Clerk of Court also serves as the jury commissioner for Fergus County. Jurors are empaneled from July 1st of the given year thru June 30th of the following year. In additional to the above listed duties, the Clerk of District Court issues marriage licenses and is also the local passport acceptance agent. Passport photos are also avaliable for applicants at a fee.

Corona Virus/Covid-19 Public Emergency Adminstrative Order SB-2020-7

Temporary COVID Jury Trial Rules


Public Portal

 The District Court calendar for public hearings is now available on-line.  The Office of the Supreme Court Administrator’s Office for the State of Montana has created a public access portal at courts.mt.gov.  The District Court Public Access Portal (https://dcportal.pubcourts.mt.gov/) allows you to select a court (i.e. Fergus District Court) and then log in.  The District Court calendar for public hearings is available under the scheduling tab.  You need to select the date you want to review and click retrieve.  You can then click on either Criminal or Civil (it will turn red) and the hearing will list the hearing type, the case, the dates and times, the attorneys and the participants.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk of District Court at:  (406) 535-5026.

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712 W Main Street
Suite 303
Lewistown Mt  59457

Phone: 406-535-5026
Fax: 406-535-6076

Office Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

Phyllis D Smith
Clerk of Court
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Brenda Snapp

Emily Aznoe
Office Manager/Deputy