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(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a justice of the peace may not:
(a) practice law;
(b) draw contracts, conveyances, or other legal instruments or documents;
(c) take any claim or bill for collection or act as a collection agent in any sense; or
(d) perform any legal duties other than those prescribed by law as the justice's official duties in the conduct of cases and proceedings in the justice's court.
(2) A justice of the peace who is an attorney and who is admitted to practice law before the supreme court of the state of Montana may engage in the general practice of law and practice law in all courts in the state of Montana, except that the justice, the justice's law partner or associate, or a member, associate, or employee of a firm of which the justice is a member may not represent a party involved in a case that is filed or tried in the justice's court or in any justice's court located in the same county as the justice's court or that is appealed from a justice's court in that county.
(3) A justice of the peace who violates any of the provisions of this section is guilty of malfeasance in office and must be removed from the office of justice of the peace and is disqualified from holding that office.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Montana Title 3. Judiciary, Courts § 3-1-602. Restrictions on justices of the peace practicing law or taking claims for collection - last updated April 27, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/mt/title-3-judiciary-courts/mt-code-ann-sect-3-1-602/
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