On Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 4:30 p.m., Governor Steve Bullock issued a stay-at-home directive for the State of Montana to take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2020, and to continue through April 10, 2020. The directive exempts certain “Essential Businesses and Operations” including professional legal services. Court personnel are also exempt from Gov. Bullock’s directive.
“Lawyers across Montana are doing our part to protect the health of all Montanans by taking proactive steps to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. At the same time, the State Bar of Montana is working to ensure that you are able to continue to provide much needed legal services to Montana individuals and businesses during these very uncertain times,” said Juli Pierce, State Bar President. “Governor Bullock’s order ensures that Montana lawyers will be able to continue to do just that.”
The State Bar of Montana encourages all members to continue to follow guidance from health and governmental authorities in their specific jurisdictions. Please remember, essential businesses and operations must take “proactive measures to ensure compliance” with the social distancing requirements enumerated in the directive. State Bar staff will maintain remote work through April 10, 2020, and will continue to employ proactive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Montana.
The full text of the Governor’s directive, as well as the full text of the letter from State Bar President Juli Pierce concerning the Bar’s exemption request for legal services, are available in the downloads below. Please visit www.montanabar.org and monitor your email for further updates on bar operations. Please email any questions or concerns to email@example.com.