Administrative Rule 46 - DUTIES AND APPOINTMENT OF THE CLERK OF THE
Section 1. Authority and Purpose
In accordance with Article VI, Section 3, of the Constitution of North DakotaN.D. Const. art.
VI, § 3 and N.D.C.C. ch. 27-05.2 concerning clerk of district court funding and services, this rule
establishes the duties of the clerk of district court and provides for the appointment of the clerk
of district court in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 27-05.2-02(3) and otherwise implements in part
Section 2. Clerk of District Court - Duties
The clerk of district court in every county shall:
A. Take charge of all papers and records filed or deposited in the clerk of district court office and
maintain and dispose of the papers and records in accordance with N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. R. 19.
B. Attend sessions of the district court during criminal master calendar proceedings, sentencing
proceedings, jury selection, or trials or other civil or criminal proceedings if, after consultation
with the judge, the judge determines the complexity of the trial or proceeding or number of
exhibits requires attendance by the clerk.
C. Prepare judgments of the court in criminal cases, unless judgments are prepared by other
court personnel or the judge.
D. Comply with and implement procedures consistent with this rule included in the Clerk of
Court Manual and, if applicable, the manual for the Unified Court Information System (UCIS)other manuals and guides adopted by the Office of the State Court Administrator.
E. Issue all process and notices required to be issued by the district court.
F. Keep in the office aMaintain money judgment docketinformation in the case management
system which includes in which the clerk shall enter alphabetically the name of each judgment
debtor, the amount of the judgment, and the precise time of entry.
G. Satisfy all liens and judgments docketed or on file in the office immediately after the
satisfaction of the lien or judgment is filed.
H. Keep in the officeMaintain information in the case management system regarding a registerof civil, criminal, and juvenile actions in which the clerk shall enter the title of each action with
brief notes of all papers filed in the action together with the date of the filing, and enter such
other matters as required by supreme court rule.
I. Implement financial controls in accordance with judicial branch policies and procedures.
J. Receive, safeguard, and disburse, all money required to be paid to the clerk of district court
and maintain required records.
K. Keep other records and perform other duties prescribed by statute, rule, policy, or procedure.
L. Seek the assistance of the Office of the State Court Administrator or the Clerk of the Supreme
Court concerning the application of statutes, rules, policies, and procedures governing clerk of
district court services.
Section 3. Clerk of District Court - Deputies and Other Clerk Personnel
A. Upon the retirement or resignation of a clerk of district court who has become an employee of
the unified judicial system in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 27-05.2-02, the clerk of district court
for each county in which there is a state-employed clerk shall be hired and supervised by the trial
court administrator for the administrative unit in which the county is located. Sufficient deputies
and other clerk of court personnel shall be employed to assist the clerk of district court in
providing effective clerk services. After consultation with the state court administrator and the
clerk of district court who has become a state employee in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 27-05.2-02, the trial court administrator shall designate clerk staff who shall become state employees in
accordance with N.D.C.C. § 27-05.2-02(3). The clerk of district court, deputies, and other clerk
of court personnel are classified employees of the unified judicial system.
B. The clerk of district court, deputies, and other clerk of court personnel who are employees of
the unified judicial system must have the qualifications prescribed by supreme court policy.
C. The assistant state court administrator for trial courts, in coordination with the trial court
administrators and clerks of court, is responsible for general oversight of clerk of court
operations to ensure compliance with statutes, rules, policies, and procedures governing the
delivery of clerk of district court services. The assistant state court administrator shall
periodically, but at least annually, assess clerk of court operations in each administrative unit
and, as requested, provide a reportto the Administrative Council.
D. Each state employed clerk of district court shall supervise all personnel within the clerk's
E. The Office of State Court Administrator and the Clerk of the Supreme Court shall provide
advice and information, as requested or required, to clerks of district court concerning the
application of statutes, rules, policies, and procedures governing clerk of district court services.
Section 4. Analysis of Duties - Review
For purposes of the options available to counties under N.D.C.C. § 27-05.2-02, the number of
employees determined necessary to provide clerk of district court services is based on an
analysis of clerk of district court duties as identified in Section 2. The analysis must be
thoroughly reviewed periodically, but at least once each 24 months, to ensure the analysis
accurately reflects the duties of the clerk of district court.
Section 5. Effective Date
This rule, as amended, is effective May 4, 2005.
Dated at Bismarck, North Dakota, May 4, 2005. Gerald W. VandeWalle, Chief Justice
Dale V. Sandstrom, Justice
Mary Muehlen Maring, Justice
Carol Ronning Kapsner, Justice ATTEST:
Penny Miller, Clerk
Adopted March 12, 2001, with an effective date of April 1, 2001; amended effective May 4,
2005; August 1, 2016.