Justice of the Peace – Justice Court

Name Position Email
Lee A. Busch Justice of the Peace lbusch@mt.gov
Paula Hegel Clerk of Justice Court phegel@mt.gov
Stephanie Johnson Clerk of Justice Court stephanie.johnson@mt.gov


  • Small Claims Court actions under $7,000
  • Civil actions under $12,000
  • Landlord Tenant Actions
  • Domestic Protective Orders
  • Highway Patrol Citations
  • Sheriff’s Department Citations
  • County Attorney Complaints
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felony – Initial Appearances
  • Fish and Game Citations
  • MCS Department of Transportation Citations
  • Montana Department of Livestock Citations
  • Montana Public Service Citations

Does Not Handle

  • Municipal Court Actions
  • Colstrip Police Department Citations
  • City Code Violations

While the staff of the Justice Court will attempt to assist you in any way possible, please understand that we are unable to provide legal advice and the Judge cannot  discuss your case with you. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney.

Forms and Documents

Pay your fine online

Phone Number





1200 Main St
PO Box 504
Forsyth, MT 59327

Additional Locations

3rd Wednesday of each month
court is held in Ashland
beginning at 10:00AM
first come/first serve

501 Main St.,
Ashland MT 59003