TO: Joint Procedure Committee
FROM: Mike Hagburg
DATE: September 12, 2013
RE: Rule 8.4, N.D.R.Ct., Summons in Action for Divorce, Separation or to Determine Parental Rights and Responsibilities
Judge McLees has passed along a request to the committee from attorney Bob Thomas that an amendment be made to Rule 8.4's long form summons requirement to reduce the costs for clients when service by publication is necessary. Judge McLee's e-mail is attached.
Staff has prepared proposed amendments to Rule 8.4, which are attached, that would add a new subdivision to the rule allowing a short form summons to be published when service is by publication. The provision would require a long form summons to be filed with the complaint and affidavit for service by publication.