39-51-2410. Finality of board's decision -- judicial review. (1) Any decision of the board in the absence of an appeal therefrom as herein provided shall become final 30 days after the date of notification or mailing thereof and judicial review shall be permitted only after any party claiming to be aggrieved has exhausted all remedies before the board. The department is deemed to be a party to any judicial action involving any such decision and may be represented in any such action by an attorney employed by the department or, at the department's request, by the attorney general.
(2) Within 30 days after the date of notification or mailing of the decision of the board, any party aggrieved thereby may secure judicial review thereof by commencing an action in the district court of the county in which said party resides and in which action any other party to the proceeding before the board shall be made a defendant. In such action a petition, which need not be verified but which shall state the grounds upon which a review is sought, shall be served upon the commissioner of labor and industry and all interested parties in the manner provided in the Montana Rules of Civil Procedure.
(3) The department shall certify and file with said court all documents and papers and a record of all testimony taken in the matter, together with the board's findings of fact and decision. The board may also in its discretion certify to such court questions of law involved in any decision by it.
(4) Whenever the department seeks review of a decision of the board, all interested parties shall be served with a copy of its petition together with all documents filed with the court.
(5) In any judicial proceeding under 39-51-2406 through 39-51-2410, the findings of the board as to the facts, if supported by evidence and in the absence of fraud, shall be conclusive and the jurisdiction of said court shall be confined to questions of law. Such action and the questions so certified shall be heard in a summary manner and shall be given precedence over all other civil cases except cases arising under the workers' compensation law of this state.
(6) An appeal may be taken from the decision of the district court to the supreme court of Montana in the same manner, but not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, as is provided in civil cases. It shall not be necessary in any judicial proceeding under this section to enter exceptions to the rulings of the board and no bond shall be required for entering such appeal. Upon the final determination of such judicial proceeding, the department shall enter an order in accordance with such determination.
History: En. Sec. 6 (f) to (i), Ch. 137, L. 1937; Subd. (a) amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 233, L. 1943; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 368, L. 1975; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 24, L. 1977; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 201, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 87-108(c), (d); amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 349, L. 1981; amd. Sec. 14, Ch. 125, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 20, Ch. 234, L. 1987.