Jury Duty Information - District Court
(406) 582-2168 | GallatinDCJury@mt.gov
To check the status of current trials call: (406) 582-3670
Welcome Prospective Jurors of Gallatin County
Upcoming Jury Trials
|February 8, 2023||Peter B. Ohman|
Confirmed - Jurors NEED to appear
*Please note that you are only required to appear for these trials if you have received a yellow summons that lists the trial with the DATE and TIME.
If you were summoned for a jury trial (Yellow Paper), please complete the Online Juror Confirmation form here.
*Please note that you are only required to appear for these trials if you have received a yellow summons and a Juror Questionnaire that lists the trial with the DATE and TIME.
The following pertains to those jurors selected for the Jury Term beginning on July 1, 2022 only.
Online Juror Questionnaire
In 2021, the District Court of Gallatin County started accepting the Juror Questionnaire online to save the taxpayers of Gallatin County over $10,000 per year. The Clerk of Court, Sandy Erhardt, will be sending out Annual Jury Notice postcards to prospective Jurors selected to serve for the 2022-2023 Jury Term. If you receive a postcard and do not need to be excused, no further action is required at this time.
If you receive a summons (Yellow Paper) and need to be excused from your jury duty on your summons date, please complete the Online Juror confirmation form here and fill out the Request to be Excused portion of the Confirmation form OR complete the Affidavit of Request to Be Excused on your received summons.
Vacation Dates and Dates of Unavailability
If you have been selected to serve for the term, but have not been selected to serve on a Jury Trial yet, and you plan to be out of town or unavailable to serve at any point in the year long term, please fill out the Update Availability form here.
When you Receive a Summons for a Trial Date
If you have been summoned for a jury trial, please complete the Online Juror Confirmation form here to confirm your appearance for the date of your summons. If you are having trouble completing the form, or wish to speak to a Jury Clerk, you can call 406-582-2168.
To check the status of current trials call: (406) 582-3670
Need help? Get in touch with the Clerk of District Court's Office
GallatinDCJury@mt.gov | (406) 582-2168
Clerk of District Court
615 S. 16th Ave., Room 302
Bozeman, MT 59715
Service by the Sheriff
Any Juror who does not comply with the summons, may be served by the Sheriff. If you do not appear at jury duty when summoned, you may be fined according to Montana Law. The Clerk’s office would like to avoid these options, so please check your mail in a timely fashion and follow directions as received. If you need help or have questions, please contact our Jury Team at (406) 582-2168 or email GallatinDCJury@mt.gov . Thank you for your service.
Q: What is the Juror Questionnaire for? Do I have to complete all of its fields?
A: The Juror Questionnaire is designed to help attorneys in the Jury selection process. The questionnaire does ask some personal questions, but we ask that you do your best to answer them fully and honestly to provide a fair trial for all parties involved if you are selected to sit on the Jury. In addition, the Juror Questionnaire confirms your receipt of the summons to jury service, and confirms your up-to-date contact information for the Clerk’s office and Court to contact you.
Q: If I get selected for the Jury term, does that mean that I have been assigned a trial?
A: No. If you received the Annual Jury Notice postcard, that means that you have been selected to serve as a Prospective Juror for the entire July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 term. However, you will not need to appear to serve for Jury Duty until you receive a yellow summons with a DATE and TIME listed along with a Juror Questionnaire. Receiving the postcard essentially means that you are ‘on deck’ to serve as a Juror for the current term. You may be selected for multiple trials within that year-long term. If you are not selected to sit on a trial from start to finish your name goes back into the jury pool and you may be selected to serve again unless you sit on a trail from start to finish.
Q: What happens when I receive a Jury summons (the yellow sheet that lists a DATE and TIME) and a Juror Questionnaire?
A: Below is an outline for the steps that you should take:
Q: Why was I selected as a Juror?
A: Jurors are randomly drawn from a combined list of registered voters and holders of Montana driver’s licenses and identification cards.
Q: How long have I been selected to serve?
A: The term for Jury duty for the District Court of Gallatin County is July 1 through June 30 of each year.
If you have further concerns regarding serving as a Juror, please do not hesitate to call the Clerk’s office at (406) 582-2168 to discuss further options.
Gallatin County has multiple different courts. Please verify that you are looking for information regarding the 18th Judicial District Court of Gallatin County and not the Justice Court of Gallatin County, a Municipal Court, or a Federal District Court.
Please be aware that there are various scams involving Jury duty. Some of these scams demand the immediate payment of money from citizens or an attempt to obtain personal information that could be used for identity theft. Our office will NEVER contact you by telephone, email, or regular mail demanding you pay a fee for missing Jury duty. If an individual misses Jury duty without being excused by the Court, they may be ordered to appear before a District Court Judge to explain the absence. At that time, the Judge may impose a fine. If you receive a telephone call or something in writing that you feel is questionable, please feel free to contact us by telephone at (406) 582-2168 or by email.
To check the status of current trials call: (406) 582-3670, To contact a Jury Clerk call or email: (406) 582-2168 | GallatinDCJury@mt.gov