Municipal Court

Whitefish Municipal Court is a court of record and maintains a regulated court docket. The Municipal Court executes the criminal misdemeanor and ordinance violations of the Whitefish City Code and State law and traffic offenses committed within the City limits.

Notice Regarding COVID-19

Whitefish Municipal Court is open to the public under the guidelines of social distancing with personal appearances required by both defendants and attorneys. Ordinance 20-11 requires the use of a face covering to enter the building. Please refer to the following for more information.

Local Court Rules on Appearances & Continuances

  • A scheduled or noticed court appearance will not be routinely postponed. 
    • This includes a Notice to Appear issued for a traffic or criminal complaint.
  • All appearances are to be made in person by the named defendant who may have a licensed Montana attorney present to assist him/her. 
  • If the defendant or defendant’s attorney wants an alternative appearance date, then a motion must be made in writing seven (7) days in advance of the scheduled appearance day. 
    • The motion must state a fact specific reason for the continuance, and also contain an alternative day and time for the defendant to personally appear. 
    • Motions to continue will not be granted as a matter of course. An order must be signed by the presiding judge to be effective.

Not Contesting

In the alternative, if you do not contest your citation and it does not require an appearance, you may appear at the court’s administrative office during regular business hours or call to post/forfeit a monetary fine to conclude the matter.

No Proof of Insurance Charges

If you were cited for no proof of insurance due to failing to have your policy/card at hand, please contact your insurance agency to provide a letter confirming coverage on the vehicle and driver on the exact date and time of the citation. This must be received before your scheduled court date and may be emailed at court@cityofwhitefish.org.

Judge William Hileman, Jr.

Municipal Judge

More Information

While earning his Law Degree, Judge Hileman interned as a prosecutor with the Missoula County Attorney’s Office. He then entered private practice in Whitefish with an emphasis on litigation, including civil matters and criminal defense. The Judge has served Whitefish Municipal Court since December 2017.

Judge Hileman Jr.