RULE 3.1 PLEADINGS
(a) Legibility and Numbering. All pleadings and other documents must be typewritten, printed, or reproduced and easily readable. Each sheet must be separately numbered. Pleadings and other documents filed with the court, except as otherwise permitted by the court, must be prepared on 81/2 x 11 inch white paper.
(b) Signature. All pleadings and other documents of a party represented by an attorney must be signed by at least one attorney of record in the attorney's individual name and contain the attorney's address, telephone number, and State Board of Law Examiners identification number. All pleadings and other documents of a party who is not represented by an attorney must be signed by the party and contain the party's address and telephone number.
(c) Spacing and Names. Writing must appear on one side of the sheet only and must be double-spaced, except for quoted material. Names must be typed or printed beneath all signatures.
(d) Binding. All pleadings or other documents in an action or proceeding must be filed by the clerk flat and unfolded and each set of papers firmly fastened together.
(e) Filing of Documents. A party seeking to file a pleading or other document must submit it to the clerk. The first submitted version of a pleading or document will be treated as the original unless otherwise ordered by the court. A party need only file the original demand for change of judge.
(f) Non-conforming Documents -- Sanctions. If a party fails to comply with this rule, the court on motion of a party or its own motion, may order the pleading or other document to be reformed. If the order is not obeyed, the court may order the document stricken and its service to be of no effect. (g)(f) Copy of Lost Papers. If any original document is lost or withheld by any person, the court may authorize a copy to be filed. (h)(g)File Numbers. The clerk, at the time of the filing of a case and at the time of the filing of any responsive pleading, shall must assign a file number to the case and immediately notify the attorney of record of the assigned file number assigned to the proceedings. Thereafter, all documents and pleadings to be filed must bear the assigned file number on the front or title page in the upper righthand portion of the instrument document to be filed. Documents and pleadings that do not conform to this rule will not be filed by the clerk until they are in compliance with this rule. (i) (h) Proof of Service Attached Required. Proof of service must be securely attachedto accompany pleadings and documents submitted to the clerk for filing. (j) (i) Privacy Protection for Filings Made with Court. Parties must follow privacy protection instructions in N.D.R.Ct. 3.4 when making filings with the court. The responsibility for making a redacted and unredacted filing rests solely with counsel and the parties. Court personnel have no duty to review documents for compliance with N.D.R.Ct. 3.4. (k) (j) Non-Conforming Documents.
(1) Documents and pleadings that do not conform to this rule may not be filed.
(2) If a non-conforming document is filed by mistake, the court on motion or on its own may order the pleading or other document reformed. If the order is not obeyed, the court may order the document stricken and its service to be of no effect.