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506 Main Street
Roundup, MT 59072
County Attorney, Kevin R. Peterson
Deputy County Attorney / Roundup City Attorney, Lance Lundvall
Office Administrator and Paralegal, Teresa Fauth
Victim’s Advocate and Paralegal, Tami Allen
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday (office is closed from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.)
The Mission of the Musselshell County Attorney’s Office and Golden Valley County Attorney’s Office is to provide legal representation to Musselshell County in accordance with statutory duties as set by the Montana Legislature. The County Attorney as an elected official is a multi-district full time county attorney representing two counties. The County Attorney works with County Commissioners, specified statutory Boards and represents selected agencies of the State of Montana. The County Attorney’s Office is responsible for the prosecution of all crimes occurring within Musselshell and Golden Valley Counties. The County Attorney’s main office is in Musselshell County with an office also in Ryegate that has no resident staff. The County Attorney as a full time elected official cannot have a private law practice. The County Attorney cannot represent private interests on behalf of citizens or give legal advice to private citizens on matters unrelated to the duties of the County Attorney. The general duties of the County Attorney are the following:
7-4-2711 County Attorney to be legal adviser of county and other subdivisions.
- The county attorney is the legal adviser of the board of county commissioners. The county attorney shall attend their meetings when required and shall attend and oppose all claims and accounts against the county that are unjust or illegal. The county attorney shall defend all suits brought against the county.
- The county attorney shall:
(a) give, when required and without fee, an opinion in writing to the county, district, and township officers on matters relating to the duties of their respective offices;
(b) act as counsel, without fee, for fire districts and fire service areas in unincorporated territories, towns, or villages within the county;
(c) when requested by a conservation district pursuant to 76-15-319, act as counsel, without fee;
(d) when requested by a weed district pursuant to 7-22-2109, act as counsel, without fee; and
(e) when requested by a county hospital board pursuant to 7-34-2115, act as counsel, without fee, unless the legal action requested involves the county commissioners.
The County Attorney has other duties that are sprinkled throughout the Montana Code but are not listed here.
Victim Witness Advocate
The Victim Witness Advocate is trained to support victims of crime. the VWA offers victims information, emotional support, and help finding resources and filling out paperwork. The Advocate goes to court with the victims of crime and also witnesses in order to provide emotional support and to enhance a victim’s understanding of the trial process as well as to update victims and witnesses of court dates of defendants.
Requesting Public Records & Information from the County Attorney’s Office
Thank you for your interest in the County Attorney’s public records. The Constitution of the State of Montana, at Article II, Part II, Section 9, provides everyone the right to examine documents of state government agencies. Mont. Code Ann. Title 2, Chapter 6, Part 10, provides everyone the right to request public information. There are provisions for individual privacy, safety, security, and confidentiality. It is the County Attorney’s Policy to be responsive to requests for records and information that are within the Office’s custodial responsibility. While this office may not be able to fulfill a request quickly, we are committed to communicating with requestors about delays or our inability to provide the information requested.
Mont. Code Ann. 2-6-2006(3), provides public agencies the ability to charge fees for fulfilling public information requests. The County Attorney charges the following fees:
- Actual hourly rate of the County Attorney and staff fulfilling the request (i.e., gathering files & information, research, copying, scanning);
- $.25 per sheet of paper for printing or copying;
- Electronically stored files are not provided. Scanning or digitizing documents is the responsibility of the requesting party.
- Actual cost for any other incidentals directly related to fulfilling the request.
Be advised that this office has many types of records and many records are not public records. Records that are made confidential by law are not available. Records that may be privileged or that are attorney work product are not available. Records that are classified as confidential criminal justice information will not be available. Records where individual privacy outweighs the public’s right to know will not be available. Any record that does not meet the definition of “public record” will not be provided. Records that are the custodial responsibility of another department or agency will not be provided by this office and a requesting party will be directed to the custodial department or agency that is responsible for records if possible.
Mont. Code Ann. 2-6-1002 definitions state:
“Confidential information” means information that is accorded confidential status or is prohibited from disclosure as provided by applicable law. The term includes information that is:
“Public information” means information prepared, owned, used, or retained by any public agency relating to the transaction of official business, regardless of form, except for confidential information that must be protected against public disclosure under applicable law.
“Public record” means public information that is:
Tips for Requesting Public Records from the County Attorney’s Office.
- Be specific with regard to the type of record requested and include names, dates, or other identifiers that may be applicable.
- Be specific with regard to subject matter of records being sought if a general request for a class of records are being requested.
- Be patient. Public Information Requests are low priority behind the agency’s primary workload and statutory priorities. The more vague or non-specific a request is, the more time it will take to ascertain what records may be responsive. The requesting party is responsible for all costs including interpreting what is being requested. A PIR is only worked on as time permits.