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North Dakota Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources
    Opinion Notification Service … [Supreme Court] — Free service providing e-mail notification when opinions are posted to the Court’s web site.


North Dakota Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (N.D. Const.)

  2. Bills

    See also the North Dakota Legislative Assembly web site.
  3. Laws of North Dakota (N.D. Laws)
  4. North Dakota Century Code (N.D. Cent. Code)
    See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.

    Additional Resources
    ¶ North Dakota Century Code—1999 Version1997 Version
    ¶ Attorney General: Open Records and Meetings … A manual, forms, a checklist, and annotated provisions of governing law.


North Dakota Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure
  2. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules
  3. Additional Resources
    Proposed Amendments to North Dakota Rules
    ¶ Legal Citation Rules: North Dakota Supreme Court Citation Manual … "These rules are intended as a guide for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions and could be used as a guide for attorneys submitting briefs to North Dakota state courts." See also a rule requiring "medium-neutral" case citations.


North Dakota Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

  1. North Dakota Administrative Code (N.D. Admin. Code)

  2. Attorney General Opinions (Ops. N.D. Att’y Gen.)


North Dakota Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    North Dakota Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all North Dakota law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.
    1. North Dakota Law Review (N.D. L. Rev.)


    Other North Dakota Commentary

    1. A Primer on Tribal Court Civil Practice … [B.J. Jones / N.D. Supreme Court] — The author is Director of the Northern Plains Tribal Judicial Institute at the University of North Dakota School of Law and is also Chief Judge of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribal Court as well as Chief Justice of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribal Court.

    2. A Lawyer’s Guide to [Doing Business in] North Dakota. Nilles, Ilvedson, Stroup, Plambeck & Selbo, Ltd. … [Lex Mundi]


    North Dakota Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    North Dakota Court Information

    See also a brief description of the North Dakota judicial system, as well as the Attorney General’s brochure on the small-claims court; and see links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
    2. Addresses • Names • Numbers
      See also court web sites, above.
    3. Additional Resources
      Supreme Court Clerk … Filing information.
      Supreme Court Calendar


    North Dakota Forms

    1. Litigation Forms
    2. Automated Civil Forms … [N.D. Supreme Court] — Forms can be completed and printed using a Javascript-enabled browser.
    3. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Forms
    4. Government Agency Forms
      1. Secretary of State Forms
      2. State Tax Commissioner Forms

    5. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other North Dakota Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations
    4. State Bar Association of North Dakota
    5. Western Dakota Association of Legal Assistants
      See also the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    6. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Attorney General Brochures … General explanations of selected North Dakota laws and persons’ rights and duties under them, in PDF files.

    3. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for North Dakota Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of North Dakota law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in North Dakota.

    4. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. North Dakota Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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