Although the Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the State, many legal issues and questions fall outside the jurisdiction of the Attorney General’s office, including the following:
- The Attorney General cannot represent citizens in private legal matters, and cannot give citizens legal advice. The State Bar of Montana or the Montana Legal Services Association may be able to offer referrals or other information.
- The Attorney General does not have the authority to address complaints against private attorneys. Complaints should be addressed to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, P.O. Box 1099, Helena, MT 59624, or phone (406) 442-1648.
- Likewise, the Attorney General does not have authority over Montana judges. If a citizen has a complaint about improper or unethical conduct involving a judge, he or she should contact the Judicial Standards Commission, Court Administration Office, P.O. Box 203005, Helena, MT 59620-3005.
- The Attorney General does not direct or supervise state agencies other than the Department of Justice. Complaints about state agencies should be directed to the specific agency’s director or to the office of the Governor.
- If a citizen has a complaint about a business, fraud, phone scam, or identity theft, he or she should contact the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection, P.O. Box 200151, Helena, MT 59620-0151, or call (406) 444-4500 or toll-free 1-800-481-6896.
You may contact the Office of the Attorney General by phone, fax, U.S. Mail and e-mail. Please include your name and mailing address so that we can provide you with complete information when responding to your inquiry.