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State of Montana

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Montana

Campaign Conduct

According to Montana's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates shall not:

  • Publicly identify themselves as candidates of a political organization.
  • Knowingly, or with reckless disregard for the truth, make any false or misleading statement.
  • Make any statement that would reasonably be expected to affect the outcome or impair the fairness of a matter pending or impending in any court.
  • In connection with cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office.

Montana law prohibits political parties from endorsing, contributing to, or making expenditures to support or oppose judicial candidates. Judicial candidates may establish campaign committees to manage and conduct their campaigns.