Name Title Phone Email
Cynthia Neste Clerk of Court and Jury Commissioner  (406) 827-6962
Lacy Wieckowski Deputy Clerk
Lindsey Miller Deputy Clerk

Updated Administrative Order, Dept. 1, (Zoom Use Policy) Dated April 10, 2023

Updated Administrative Order, Dept. 2 (Zoom Use Pol) 3.24.23 Judge Christopher


Our Purpose

The Clerk of District Court is the official keeper of all District Court records for Sanders County. These records include Adoption, Civil, Criminal, Dependent Neglect, Domestic Relations, Guardianship, Juvenile, Paternity, Probate and Sanity cases. It is the Clerk of Court’s responsibility to ensure accurate and up-to-date records. The Clerk also issues, files and records all Sanders County marriage applications and marriage licenses.

The majority of all Clerk of Court records are open to the public. Records are searched daily by title companies, credit agencies, investigative agencies and the general public. Searches, copies and certified copies are provided upon request. Fees for searches and copies are charged according to statute.

The Clerk of District Court also serves as Jury Commissioner for Sanders County. As required by statute, each May the Secretary of State provides a combined list of registered voters, licensed drivers and holders of Montana ID cards to the Clerk of District Court. This list is stored and maintained electronically and it is from this list that jurors are pulled for the City, Justice and District Court Judges. It is the Clerk’s duty to maintain an accurate listing of all selected jurors and to pull individual jury panels for the District Court Judges upon request.

Legal Advice

Montana State statutes MCA 3-1-601 and 7-4-2210 prohibits the Clerk of Court’s Office from giving legal advice or preparing legal documents. We have limited forms available from this office for a fee of $10.00 per packet: Dissolution of Marriage, Parenting Plan and Name Change packets. The Montana Law Library may have other useful forms.

Law and Motion Days

  • Department 1 – Judge Molly Owen; 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
  • Department 2 – Judge Deborah K. Christopher; 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
  • Most District Court proceedings are open to the public and Trials are held periodically throughout the year.
  • There will be no Law and Motion on the 5th Tuesday during months that have 5 weeks.



We are now processing passports by appointment, M, W-F, from 9am – 4pm.  Refer to website for required documents and obtain passport photos at The Ledger.

Routine: 10-13 weeks*

Expedited: 7-9 weeks and an extra $60*

*Mailing times are not included in processing times. Processing times only include the time your application is at one of our passport agencies or centers. The total time to get your passport includes both processing and mailing times. It may take up to 2 weeks for applications to arrive by mail at a passport agency or center, and up to 2 weeks for you to receive a completed passport in the mail after we print it. Consider the total time it will take to receive your passport when you are booking travel. Express mailing is available to and from the passport agency for additional fees. Call 406-827-6963 for more information.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm

Marriage and Passport Processing Times: 8am – 4pm


For Passports appointments please call (406) 827-6962. We will make every effort to accommodate walk-ins, however, appointments are recommended.

**Passport Processing Times (mailing times not included)**

Routine: 10-13 weeks

Expedite: 7-9 weeks $60 extra


Clerk of District Court Address:

1111 W. Main Street
PO Box 519
Thompson Falls, MT 59873