Yellowstone County judge Michael Moses retiring

A Yellowstone County district judge will be stepping down from the bench this summer, and a search is underway to fill the upcoming vacancy.

Judge Michael Moses will retire July 1 after serving as district judge for the 13th Judicial District for nine years, his office confirmed Tuesday. On Monday, the Governor’s Office announced it is accepting application and nominations for Moses’s replacement.

Moses was sworn in as a judge in May 2014 following his appointment by then-Gov. Steve Bullock. Prior to that, he had practiced law in Billings since 1978. He was the principal in the firm Moses and Lansing P.C., the Gazette previously reported. 

As a district judge, Moses has overseen criminal, civil and juvenile cases. In the past year, Moses struck down four voting laws passed by the majority-GOP Legislature in 2021, according to reporting from the Montana State News Bureau. Moses found the laws that imposed more voter ID requirements, moved the voter registration deadline back a day from Election Day and outlawed paid ballot collection to be unconstitutional. His ruling followed a nine-day bench trial in the summer of 2022. Moses previously struck down a law that barred anyone from getting a ballot before their 18th birthday.

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