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Coronavirus prompts changes at Missoula County Courthouse

Missoula County Courthouse
Posted at 1:00 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 15:04:48-04

MISSOULA — Officials have announced some changes in the way services are being offered to the public at the Missoula County Courthouse in the wake of two "presumptive" coronavirus cases that have been reported locally.

The Clerk and Recorder, Treasurer and Motor Vehicle Office all are transitioning to an all online system and recommend people using the drop boxes in the lobby of the courthouse.

Missoula County Justice Court will begin to ask customers to utilize the customer service window in the west hallway and wait a six foot distance from others who may be waiting to access services. Additionally, the first row of the gallery in each courtroom will be closed to maintain a distance between the counsel tables, jury box, the bench and observers.

Clerk of District Court will begin allowing only two customers at a time to approach customer service windows in their office. Others will be asked to wait a 6 foot distance in the rotunda from others waiting to access services. Pro Se litigants are encouraged to email their paperwork to the Clerk of Court's office - and the regular fee will be waived.

Customers are encouraged to use the online marriage application system.

Other departments in the Missoula County Courthouse -- including the Missoula County Attorney's Office and the Missoula County Sheriff's Office already employee customer service windows. Customers to those windows are asked to maintain a distance of six feet from other customers who are waiting.