Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
For Petitioners: A. Clifford Edwards , Edwards & Culver, Billings, Montana, James H. Goetz , Goetz, Baldwin & Geddes, P.C., Bozeman, Montana.
For Respondent: Austin Knudsen , Montana Attorney General, David M.S. Dewhirst , Solicitor General, J. Stuart Segrest , Civil Bureau Chief, Aislinn W. Brown , Assistant Attorney General, Helena, Montana, Anita Milanovich , Office of the Montana Governor, Helena, Montana.
For Intervenor: Emily Jones , Talia G. Damrow , Jones Law Firm, PLLC, Billings, Montana.
For Amicus Montana Trial Lawyers Association: Colin Gerstner , Gerstner Adam Law PLLC, Billings, Montana, Seamus Molloy , Knight Nicastro Mackay , Missoula, Montana.
For Amicus Montana Defense Trial Lawyers: Sean Goicoechea , Moore, Cockrell, Goicoechea & Johnson, P.C., Kalispell, Montana
For Amicus Mountain States Legal Foundation: Cody J. Wisniewski , Mountain States Legal Foundation, Lakewood, Colorado.
For Amicus Montana Family Foundation: Jon Metropoulos , Metropoulos Law Firm, Helena, Montana, KD Feedback , Toole & Feedback, PLLC, Lincoln, Montana.
Justice James Jeremiah Shea delivered the Opinion of the Court.
¶1 In this original proceeding, Petitioners challenge the constitutionality of Senate Bill 140 ("SB 140"), a bill passed by the 2021 Montana Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. SB 140 abolishes Montana's Judicial Nomination Commission and the process that had previously...
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