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VALLEY COUNTY CLERK OF COURT

501 COURT SQUARE BOX 6
GLASGOW, MT 59230
PHONE: 406-228-6268  FAX: 406-228-6212

COURT CLERK: SHELLEY BRYAN

DEPUTY CLERK: TARA STROMMEN

The following has been taken from the Clerk Handbook

Court Clerks are dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to court users.

The following is some examples of what a Clerk can and Cannot do in their capacity.

The CAN give information, but they CAN NOT give legal advice

They CAN  answer general questions about how the court works, but they CAN NOT  explain judicial decisions, let you speak to the judge outside of the courtroom or talk with the judge on what will happen on your case

They CAN give you general information about court rules, terminology, procedures and practices. They CAN NOT advise you as to how the court rules and procedures will be applied to your case.

They CAN provide  you with contact information for legal service programs, but they      CAN NOT  refer you to specific lawyers, contact programs or lawyers for you, or give answers that involve legal advice.

They CAN give you legal definitions, but they they CAN NOT give you legal interpretations

They CAN  give procedural definitions, but CAN NOT  give procedural advice

They CAN give you cites of statutes, court rules and ordinances, but they CAN NOT  complete research of statutes, court rules and ordinances

They  CAN give you public case information, but they CAN NOT  give you confidential case information

They CAN give you forms and instructions on how to complete them, but they CAN NOT  fill out forms for a party, except for persons with disabilities

They CAN review your form by checking for signatures, notarization, correct county name and case number, but they CAN NOT correct forms for you or tell you what corrections should be made

They CAN usually answer general questions about court deadlines, but CAN NOT change an order issued by a judge.

Court Clerks do not know all the answers to all questions about court rules, procedures and practices. If the Clerk does not know the answer to a particular question , or is unable to provide an answer, you will be directed to talk with an attorney.

 


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