Obtaining Discovery

Requesting Discovery

After the defendant pleads not guilty to charges in Billings Municipal Court, discovery may be obtained prior to the Omnibus Hearing by contacting the City Attorney's Office.  The defendant or his or her defense counsel may request a copy of the written discovery (e.g. investigative file, police reports, etc.) by calling (406) 657-8205 or providing a Notice of Appearance and a Discovery Demand.  The City Attorney's Office will provide a copy of discovery within five (5) business days of the request pursuant to M.C.A. §§ 46-15-322 & 323. 

To request discovery, please provide the following:

  1. Your name
  2. Case docket number
  3. Date of your next court appearance
  4. Description of the offense

**The City Attorney’s Office charges an Administration Fee of $10 for each discovery packet.

To order audio statements, CD’s of photos, WatchGuard videos, in car videos, etc., the defendant or defense counsel must submit a Discovery Request Form with the Billings Police Department.  The form can be emailed to evidence@billingsmt.gov, faxed to (406) 247-8600, or mailed to P.O. Box 1554, Billings, MT 59103.  All requests made through the Police Department will be made available on Wednesday the week after the request has been made (e.g., if you make a request on a Monday or Tuesday, the request will not be available until Wednesday of the next week) and will be delivered to the 3rd floor of City Hall to pick up.