Montana State Legislature

2015-2016 Judicial Redistricting Commission

About the Judicial Redistricting Commission

House Bill 430 (2015) created a seven-member Judicial Redistricting Commission. The bill required the commission to study whether judicial redistricting is necessary using the following factors:

  • the population of the judicial districts as determined by the latest figures prepared and issued by the United States Census Bureau;
  • each judicial district's weighted caseload as determined by judicial workload studies;
  • the relative proportions of civil, criminal, juvenile, and family law cases in each judicial district;
  • the extent to which special masters, alternative dispute resolution techniques, and other measures have been used in the judicial districts;
  • the distances in highway miles between county seats in existing judicial districts and any judicial districts that may be proposed by the commission;
  • the impact on counties of any changes proposed in the judicial districts; and
  • any other factors that the commission considers significant to the determination of whether the state's judicial districts should be redistricted.

The Judicial Redistricting Commission met four times between September 2015 and August 2016. After disscussion, the commission voted against recommending any of the six redistricting proposals it considered to the 2017 Legislature and determined that redistricting is not necessary and not the appropriate way to address the need for additional judges.






Public Members

  • Honorable Greg Todd - CHAIR

  • Honorable Ray Dayton

  • Rick Cook: Clerk of District Court, Chouteau County

  • Dave Schulz: Commissioner, Madison County

  • Emily Jones, State Bar Member

Judicial Redistricting Commission Topics

Final Report

Study Resources

County And District Populations

Caseload And Workload Data

District Background And History

Other Maps

Presentation Materials

Additional Information

  • Memo: 1st Judicial District civil case data -- LSD
  • Memo: Budget information request -- LSD

***The meeting will be conducted by teleconference. Members of the public who wish to attend or to give public comment must meet in Room 137 of the Capitol.

Meeting Materials

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Meeting Materials

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