Municipal Court

Court Introduction

Missoula Municipal Court has jurisdiction of all misdemeanors and Missoula City Ordinance violations alleged to have occurred within Missoula city limits. Missoula Municipal Court has the largest volume of cases in the State of Montana, processing over 18,300 charges a year.

The Court is presided over by Missoula Municipal Judge Kathleen Jenks and Assistant Judges Sam Warren and Ethan Lerman.

PLEASE NOTE: Effective the week starting 12/17/2018 there will be no public walk-ins on Tuesday mornings.

Judge Kathleen Jenks

Judge Jenks earned her Law Degree from the University of Montana in 1992. She was a prosecutor in Chinook and Havre, Montana and a criminal defense attorney in Libby, Superior and Missoula, Montana. She worked in the Montana Attorney General from 2001 to 2010 prosecuting felony cases and managing the Attorney General's Child Protection Unit. The Judge has served Missoula Municipal Court since November 2011.


Important News Regarding House Bill 217

Effective immediately, any defendant whose Driver's License is suspended by Missoula Municipal Court for failure to pay fines, fees or restitution may petition the court to have their privilege to drive reinstated with no fee owing to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Please use the form linked here: