You Too can be a Justice of the Peace!
I had a real estate closing in White Sulfur Springs yesterday. It's a rural Montana town with a population of about 900. Believe it or not, it's the largest town in all of Meagher County.
Meagher county is ~80 miles tall and ~60 miles wide and according to the 2010 census has a total population of 1891 people, less than half of 4749 that were there in 1890 census 130 years ago.
I'm bullshitting with the closing agent before my clients get there and she says her husband used to be a game warden -- we chatted about the decoy elk I once saw there (they use it to trick poachers into shooting elk out of season and on private land). We had a laugh. Then she said he quit that and now he's the county judge. "Oh wow." I said "so your husband is an attorney too?" "Nope." she said. "There aren't any requirements like that here, never have been... anyone can be a judge."