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Montana’s Supreme Court has ordered Attorney General Tim Fox to respond to the American Civil Liberties Union’s complaint about the language of a so-called "bathroom privacy" ballot initiative.

On Monday the court gave Fox 20 days to explain why the ballot language his office wrote for the initiative being promoted by the Montana Family Foundation is fair and accurate.

Montana Supreme Court Temporarily Halts 'Marsy's Law'
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The Montana Supreme Court has ordered a temporary stop to Marsy’s Law, the constitutional amendment approved by voters last fall.

The court halted Marsy’s Law, which increases the rights of crime victims, until another legal case challenging the constitutionality of new law is resolved. The constitutional amendment was scheduled to go into effect July 1.

Bullock Vetoes 10 More Bills, Including Water-Well Measure

May 11, 2017
Montana Capitol.
William Marcus

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed 10 more bills Thursday, including one that would have allowed residential subdivision developers to resume drilling multiple small water wells from the same water source without a permit.

A smelter in Anaconda, Montana.
Keith Ewing (CC-BY-NC-2) / Flickr

Homeowners in Anaconda recently got a letter from ARCO offering them $1,000 if they promised not to sue over lead cleanup on their property. It did not go over well. David McCumber, the editor of the Montana Standard has the details.

Flags across Montana flew at half-staff Tuesday in honor of Montana’s first female Supreme Court Chief Justice, Karla Gray. Gray died Sunday in Helena of cancer. She was 69-years-old.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl testifies in his lawsuit against Republican Rep. Art Wittich, March 31, 2016.
Kimberly Reed

The Montana Supreme Court ruled today that Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl's term has expired, but he can remain in office until a successor is found.

Montana Capitol.
William Marcus

As the state faces a budget shortfall, lawmakers in Helena are asking departments across the state to trim their spending. But the judicial branch says its caseloads are increasing, and it needs more funds.

Between 2014 and 2015 the number of cases of child abuse and neglect in district courts rose by 700, according to testimony from court representatives.

Sandefur Elected Montana's Next Supreme Court Justice

Nov 9, 2016
Dirk Sandefur.
Josh Burnham

District Judge Dirk Sandefur defeated University of Montana adjunct law professor Kristen Juras this morning 55 to 44 in the race for an open seat on the Montana Supreme Court.

Polling shows Ryan Zinke with a big lead in the U.S. House race. New campaign ads are out in both the gubernatorial and House races. Republicans claim the advantage in state superintendent and state auditor race. Polls show 40 percent of Montanans are undecided in the Supreme Court race. And Republicans worry about voter fraud in Montana. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin dig in to these issues and more in this episode of "Campaign Beat."

Kristen Juras is a candidate for Montana Supreme Court.
Josh Burnham

There are three seats open on the Montana Supreme Court this election cycle, but only one of them is contested. The candidates for that seat are UM Adjunct Law Professor Kristen Juras and District Court Judge Dirk Sandefur. Juras talks with Montana Public Radio's Corin Cates-Carney in this candidate profile.

Dirk Sandefur.
Josh Burnham

There are three seats open on the Montana Supreme Court this election cycle, but only one of them is contested. The candidates for that seat are UM Adjunct Law Professor Kristen Juras and District Court Judge Dirk Sandefur. Sandefur talks with Montana Public Radio's Eric Whitney in this candidate profile.

Montana Supreme Court candidate Dirk Sandefur believes his life experiences provide common sense and  intuitive insights in court, but personal or ideological values of associated groups should not drive legal decisions. Judge Sandefur says, "I have a 14-year career in one of Montana's busiest judicial districts of deciding cases based on the facts and law without any consideration of my personal political views or other philosophical views that I have." Sandefur is one of two candidates running for the Montana Supreme Court, which is tasked with interpreting and upholding the state's constitution.

Montana Supreme Court Candidate Kristen Juras says she would be the only justice who has irrigated a hay field in addition to filing and defending water rights claims. Juras has 34 years of experience representing farmers, ranchers, small business owners, non-profit organizations and individuals in the daily legal issues they face. She currently teaches at the University of Montana School of Law and says she would "bring an area of expertise that is currently lacking in the court."

Montana Supreme Court
Montana Supreme Court

A new survey indicates Montana’s Supreme Court is well-respected by those who use it the most. The 2016 Bench and Bar survey is essentially a performance review of Montana’s high court.

Candidates for Montana’s contested seat in the state Supreme Court met and debated in Seeley Lake Monday night during a candidate forum.

The race between Kristen Juras and Dirk Sandefur is the only nonpartisan contest appearing on this year’s ballot. And whoever is elected will serve eight years as one of seven justices in Montana’s highest court.

Jon Krakauer asked for a specific student-athlete’s records while writing the 2015 book, "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town."
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Montana’s Supreme Court ruled today on author Jon Krakauer’s request for University of Montana student records related to an alleged 2012 sexual assault. Krakauer asked for a specific student-athlete’s records while writing the 2015 book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.

Montana Supreme Court candidates Kristen Juras and Dirk Sandefur debated in Missoula Thursday, at a luncheon organized by the Western Montana Bar Association.
Edward O'Brien

Montana Supreme Court candidates Kristen Juras and Dirk Sandefur debated in Missoula Thursday, at a luncheon organized by the Western Montana Bar Association

In his opening remarks, Sandefur, who’s a state district court judge, wanted one point made clear.

Today Montana’s Supreme Court denied a request from unions and lawmakers to find unconstitutional a ballot initiative that aims to create funding for brain research.

Days after I-181 qualified for the general election ballot in July, Montana AFL-CIO, Montana Taxpayers Association and several state legislators, on both sides of the aisle, asked the court to not allow the initiative to go to vote this November.

Flathead irrigators are appealing to the State Supreme Court in a legal battle to overturn the state’s water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
David Wiley (CC-BY-2)

Flathead irrigators are appealing to the State Supreme Court in a legal battle to overturn the state’s water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Councilman Bryan Von Lossberg addresses a rally in favor of a Missoula takeover of the city's drinking water in March of 2015
Josh Burnham

Montana’s Supreme Court yesterday handed the city of Missoula a win in the legal battle to take ownership of the city’s drinking water system.

Medical marijuana sign.
Flickr user Laurie Avocado (CC-BY-2)

Medical marijuana advocates in Montana are running out of options to delay a state law that could shut down pot shops here in August. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it won't hear an appeal from the Montana Cannabis Industry Association over the 2011 Montana Marijuana Act.

The Montana Supreme Court this week struck down the final provision of a law to deny services to undocumented immigrants.

Author Jon Krakauer speaks about his book "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town" during a community forum in Missoula, MT Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
Cheri Trusler

The Montana Supreme Court is in Bozeman Wednesday, hearing oral arguments in a case between an investigative journalist and the State of Montana.

Jon Krakauer, author of ‘Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town’, is pressing the State Commissioner of Higher Education to release disciplinary records related to former University of Montana student and athlete Jordan Johnson.

Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin break down Gianforte's "406 tax relief" plan; discuss the aim of Juneau's reservations tour; explain why it's hard to stop illegal robo-calls; and look at the new TV ad in the only contested state supreme court race, on this episode of "Campaign Beat."

The Montana Supreme Court hears arguments April, 22 2016 over the eminent domain case involving Mountain Water Company in Missoula.
Bree Zender

Montana’s Supreme Court today heard arguments in a case that will determine the future of Missoula’s water utility. The City of Missoula first tried to take ownership of Mountain Water Company by condemnation in the 1980s. Its current attempt that the court is now considering started in 2013.

Mountain Water Company, Missoula, MT.
Cheri Trusler

The legal wrangling over the future of Missoula’s water utility moves to the Montana Supreme Court Friday. Montana Supreme Court justices hear oral arguments in that case at the University of Montana. The city wants to take ownership by condemnation of Mountain Water Company for the legally determined price of $88 million dollars.

Montana Supreme Court Upholds Most Limits On Medical Marijuana

Feb 25, 2016
Montana Supreme Court Upholds Most Limits On Medical Marijuana
Flickr user Laurie Avocado

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that medical marijuana providers should be paid for their services, but it clamped down on commercial sales of the drug by limiting providers to no more than three patients each.

Montana Supreme Court Temporarily Halts 'Marsy's Law'
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Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath filed for re-election today. McGrath is running for a second 8-year term as the leader of the state’s judicial branch. If elected, McGrath says he would address the rapidly increasing caseloads burdening Montana’s courts.

Montana District Court caseloads.
Montana Legislative Fiscal Division

The number of child abuse and neglect cases in Montana is weighing down the state’s already burdened court system.

“It’s significant. It’s actually startling.”

Author Jon Krakauer speaks about his book "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town" during a community forum in Missoula, MT Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
Cheri Trusler

Author John Krakauer will get a hearing before the Montana State Supreme Court in April. The best-selling author and investigative journalist is arguing that the University of Montana should make public its disciplinary records for former Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson.

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