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This November Gallatin County voters have the important task of voting to pass a bond to fund a new Gallatin County Courts center. After practicing law in Gallatin County for over 15-years, I have learned that my clients rarely understand the importance of a functioning courthouse, until they are forced into Gallatin County’s current Law & Justice Center. Reality is that it is challenging to achieve justice in our current facility.

Gallatin County has long needed a new courthouse for our District Court and Justice Court. These courts resolve our county’s disputes, including: (1) divorces in Gallatin County; (2) felony criminal charges in Gallatin County; (3) misdemeanor criminal charges issued by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office or Montana Highway Patrol; (4) Orders of Protection; (5) Civil Litigation; and (6) Small Claims.

If you are involved in the court system, it is likely one of the most important priorities in your life. Our current courthouse does not reflect the value and importance to our community. Gallatin County’s failing Law and Justice Center makes it difficult for lawyers to advocate for their clients, judges to be secure and supported to make the vital decisions that resolve disputes in our community, victims to be protected from those who have harmed them, to adequately assist those with mental health concerns navigate the court system, and the public to have confidence in justice in our community. A new Gallatin County courts center is a critical need.

The Gallatin County courts bond is an important investment in our community. I encourage you to vote to pass the Gallatin County courts bond this November.

Hillary Carls 


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