Montana law provides that all citizens 18 years of age or older, who are residents for at least 30 days of the state and of the city, town or county in which they are called for jury service, and who are citizens of the United States are eligible for jury service. Jurors are randomly selected from a combined list of active registered voters, licensed drivers or holders of Montana ID cards.
Jury duty is a mandatory service as a juror in a legal proceeding. By serving as a juror, you are fulfilling a very important public service. Failing to report for jury duty can result in possible penalties that include service by the Whitefish Police Department or a bench warrant issued for contempt of court.
If you have received a summons to appear for jury duty in Municipal Court for a trial on a specific date and time, please email WhitefishMunicipalCourt@mt.gov or call (406) 863-2440 and leave your name, date of trial, and the date that you have received the summons to confirm. If you have recently received a postcard regarding summons, this is not from Whitefish Municipal Court. Please see the postcard for specific contact details.
If you are not able to participate in jury duty, please email, mail, or fax your request with supporting documentation (i.e., doctor’s note, airline/hotel reservation, etc.)
Please make sure that you have been summoned for jury duty at Whitefish Municipal Court rather than Justice or District Court before sending your request for excusal.
You can send your request for excusal to one of the following: