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120 days. Upon expiration, you may file a new extension.
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If you win your case, your court costs will be included in the judgment.
There is a $30 appearance fee per defendant required upon filing your first document in a case.
A written response to a counterclaim must be filed to prevent a default judgment on the counterclaim.
Judgments are valid for 10 years from the date of issue. If at the end of 10 years there is still a balance owing, you may file a new complaint about the balance.
No. There are no court-appointed attorneys in civil actions. If you qualify, you can contact Montana Legal Services by calling the helpline at 800-666-6899.
If you had a judgment, you must file a Satisfaction of Judgment. If you settled before you received a judgment, you must file a Notice of Dismissal with prejudice. The original of these documents must be filed with the court, and you must send a copy to the other party by mail.
The court will set the matter for trial. Parties will be notified of the date by mail. All parties are responsible for keeping the court informed of their up-to-date contact information.