Helena Municipal Court

Lewis and Clark County Courthouse
228 Broadway
Phone:  406-447-8466 ext (1)   Fax:  406-447-8265

Service Modifications Due to COVID-19 Outbreak:

The City of Helena Municipal Court will remain open and will continue to function in an orderly manner, however residents may experience delays and decreased services. 

  • Municipal Court will no longer accept walk-ins for in-person filings and payment of fines; however, Municipal Court staff members are still working.

  • Filings: The five-day hard copy rule is waived until May 1, 2020. Filings can be emailed to HelenaMunicipalCourt@helenamt.gov or mailed to 228 Broadway, Rm 105, Helena MT 59601

  • Payments: 

    • Option 1.  Pay through the online Cite-Pay system: https://www.citepayusa.com/payments/welcome.do?state=MT 
    • Option 2.  Call in payment, (406) 447-8466 ext 1. 
    • Option 3.  Mail in check or money order, Attn: Helena Municipal Court - 228 Broadway, Rm 105, Helena, MT 59601
    • Option 3.  Call the court to extend your payment date, (406) 447-8466 ext 1.
  • Open Court: There will be no 10:00 AM appearances from March 30 – April 10, 2020. Appearances will resume on April 13, 2020, subject to change. 

  • Scheduled Hearings: All in person hearings between March 30 and April 10, 2020 will be continued.New notices will be sent via mail. If you are represented by counsel, please contact your attorney as soon as possible to verify your court dates. This includes Omnibus hearings set for April 1 and April 8. 

  • Temporary Orders of Protection: The court is open to receive orders; you must call and notify the Court and staff will give further instruction, (406)-447-8466 ext 1. Served orders must appear.  Date and time stated on court papers.  

  • Forms:  Petition for Temporary Orders of Protection can be found on the City website.  Please call or email the court to request a form. Phone: (406) 447-8466 ext 1 
    Email:  HelenaMunicipalCourt@helenamt.gov

  • Telephone: The court will be answering phone calls from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. 

  • Jail Arraignments: Held via video conference Monday – Friday, at 8:00 am.  The court will not be allowing walk-in viewing during this time. New hours are in place until April 15, 2020. 


Helena Municipal Court is part of the state judicial system and enforces laws for the City of Helena over which the Honorable Anne Peterson presides. Helena Municipal Court processes all misdemeanor traffic, criminal and animal control offenses, city ordinances, orders of protection and civil cases that occur within Helena City limits.

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