Justice Jim Shea authored the opinion Thursday, writing neither the state Constitution nor its framers' recorded intent required an independent commission to screen judicial applicants.
The rollback follows new guidance from public health authorities, the availability of vaccines and new state and federal public health recommendations, McGrath wrote.
A District Court judge wrote he would have to be "blind" to not see that the Legislature's recent subpoena for a Supreme Court justice's records is not a legislative effort.
District Court Judge Matt Wald, of Lodge Grass, has been the district court judge in the 22nd Judicial District since 2019.
The state's Republican Attorney General called it an "obvious conflict of interest" for the Supreme Court to preside over the case.
"In conclusion, the minority does not support the creation of committees for political theater," Democrats wrote in the report released Monday.
"There has been no misuse of state resources," Chief Justice Mike McGrath wrote in a letter to lawmakers on Friday.
The Select Committee on Judicial Transparency and Accountability is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. Thursday.
The committee chair said he had prepared a list of roughly 40 questions for the Supreme Court Administrator.
Republican lawmakers in the last week have sought to investigate the Supreme Court on matters including email retention and using state computers to coordinate lobbying efforts.
State government records retention rules require routine records such as emails be kept for three years.
"We have serious concerns about how the judges’ responses to this survey may harm the appearance of judicial impartiality," a joint statement from GOP leadership said.
Judge Kurt Krueger, according to the email chain included in the filing, wrote from his state email account, "I am also adamantly oppose[sic] this bill."
Kurt Krueger, a District Court judge from Silver Bow County, will serve in Chief Justice Mike McGrath's place for the remainder of the case.
Montana's Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that canceled state regulator approval of mining on private land north of Yellowstone National Park.
The Montana Supreme Court on Monday sided with solar power developers and environmentalists who had accused regulators and the state's largest utility of trying to kill renewable energy projects.
The Yellowstone County jail inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday spent two and a half weeks in a unit with 33 other women before she was taken to the hospital and discovered to have the disease.
The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a petition to expand measures to reduce inmates populations in jails and prisons amid the COVID-19 pandemic, writing in an order that the justices believe a directive from the governor earlier this month "best addresses the current crisis."
The Montana Supreme Court has asked judges in municipal and county justice courts to release inmates if possible and conduct hearings virtually as the judiciary ratchets up its part in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Beginning Monday, courts across Montana will put in place new measures to prevent the spread of illness amid concerns about the new coronavirus.
The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the oldest water right on Flatwillow Creek, dating back to 1882, according to an opinion filed on Tuesday.
The Montana Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in a conservation easement case that pitted Gov. Steve Bullock against Attorney General Tim Fox came d…
Missoula students got a look deep into their state’s Constitution on Friday when the Montana Supreme Court heard arguments over giving tax breaks to religious schools.
Attorneys in a decades-old child rape case revived by DNA evidence will present oral arguments before the Montana Supreme Court in April.