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COVID-19 Information

State Bar operating with limited staffing, limited access to public

The State Bar of Montana is operating with limited public access to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The office remains open with limited staffing to maintain essential services. We ask all those with items they need to deliver to the bar to mail them rather than dropping them off at the office. Please mail to State Bar of Montana, P.O. Box 577, Helena, MT 59624.

Most staff members are working remotely during this emergency and the best way to reach them is via email. Please see our STAFF DIRECTORYwhere you can find staff members' job duties and contact information.



Directives from Gov. Bullock

On Thursday, March 26, Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive ordering Montanans to stay at home and all non-essential businesses and operations to cease.

On Wednesday, April 22, Gov. Bullock issued a directive calling for a phased reopening.


Bar operations

SBM COVID-19 RESOLUTION: The State Bar Board of Trustees passed an emergency resolution addressing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic in a special meeting on Monday, March 23. The resolution, among other things, addresses impending compliance deadlines in light of the pandemic restrictions, suspends requirements for in-person meetings in the bar's bylaws.



Guidance from the Montana Supreme Court:

State District Court orders:

Many state judicial districts in Montana have issued orders in response to the emergency.  These local orders are listed on the Montana Judicial Branch website, which will be updated as new orders are received.

U.S. District Court orders

The U.S. District Court for the District of Montana issued a new order on Friday, April 10, extending existing COVID-19 restrictive measures through May 29, 2020. 

Resources for Lawyers

American Bar Association Coronavirus Task Force: ABA website provides a national source of information about the COVID-19 and the delivery of legal services.

Lexis Practice Advisor Coronavirus Resource Kit: Lexis is offering this free resource kit which contains practical guidance on COVID-19 for numerous practice areas. (If you aren't currently a Lexis Practice Advisor customer you will need to fill out a registration form to download.)

Free Legal Professional Support Services: The LawSites blog  has compiled a list of products and services offered by companies for free to support the work of legal professionals during the coronavirus crisis.  

Keeping Sane While Sheltering in Place: The Indiana State Bar Association's Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program has compiled a list of ideas for lawyers and their families (and anyone else) to stay positive and keep busy while practicing "social distancing." It includes sections such as: Being Social; Staying Physically Active; Learning a New Skill; Trying a New Recipe; Asking for Help; and much more.

MyCase COVID-19 Resource Center: Resources to keep your business fully operational and at maximum efficiency until the doors of your practice reopen, and well beyond.

American Bar Association: The ABA has extensive information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its implications for lawyers.

Open Public Meeting Guidelines:The Montana Attorney General's Office has issued guidelines for conducting open public meetings during the emergency.


Podcasts & Webinars

COVID-19: Force Majeure, Impossibility and Frustration of Purpose ABA Section of Litigation explores the contractual issues, in both real estate and generally, and whether parties can invoke them.

Coronavirus Looms – Can Technology Replace Travel?: Legal Talk Network discussion on the evolution of remote collaboration tools and offer tips for the best ways to use them.

Civil Rights, Human Rights & Poverty:  Multi-part webinar series from the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice explores how the COVID-19 pandemic highlights these critical legal issues


Public Health

Information from world, U.S., and state health organizations:

World Health Organization

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services


COVID 19 Local Rules for District Court

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
1st Jud Dist June 19 order PDF (406.27 KB) Administration 6/23/2020
1st Jud Dist Amended order PDF (211.42 KB) Administration 5/8/2020
1st_Jud_Dist_COVID-19_Order__002_.pdf PDF (252.32 KB) Administration 3/20/2020
4th_Jud_Dist_Administratve_Order_COVID-19.pdf PDF (161.16 KB) Administration 3/20/2020
5th Jud Dist PDF (118.27 KB) Administration 3/24/2020
6th Jud Dist PDF (1.88 MB) Administration 4/1/2020
7th_Judicial_District_Order_for_Court_Procedur.pdf PDF (249.72 KB) Administration 3/20/2020
7th_Judicial_District_Order_for_Court_Procedur.pdf PDF (249.72 KB) Administration 3/20/2020
8th_Jud_Dist_Order_re_Temp_Restrictions.pdf PDF (236.29 KB) Administration 3/20/2020
8th_Jud_Dist_Order_on_Electronic_Filing.pdf PDF (80.78 KB) Administration 3/20/2020
10th_Jud_Dist_Coronavirus_Emergency_Admin_Orde.pdf PDF (99.95 KB) Administration 3/20/2020
11th Jud Dist order vacating jury trials PDF (2.49 MB) Administration 3/20/2020
12th_Jud_Dist_Coronavirus_Emergency_Admin_Orde.pdf PDF (196.46 KB) Administration 3/20/2020
13th_jud_Dist_Covid_19_Order.pdf PDF (240.17 KB) Administration 3/20/2020
15th Jud Dist Order 2 PDF (40.8 KB) Administration 3/25/2020
15th Jud Dist Order 1 PDF (166.31 KB) Administration 3/25/2020
17th Jud Dist PDF (622.54 KB) Administration 3/25/2020
18th Jud Dist PDF (37.78 KB) Administration 3/25/2020
19th_Jud_Dist_ORDERRETEMPORARYRESTRICTIONSRELA.pdf PDF (50.02 KB) Administration 3/20/2020
20th_FINAL-_Lake_&_Sanders_Admin_Order_from_De.pdf PDF (74.29 KB) Administration 3/20/2020
20th_Jud_Dist_COURTROOM_DOOR_NOTICE.pdf PDF (12.28 KB) Administration 3/20/2020
22nd Jud Dist PDF (98.96 KB) Administration 3/25/2020
Water Court PDF (582.42 KB) Administration 3/25/2020