RULE 21. MISJOINDER AND NON-JOINDER OF PARTIES
Misjoinder of parties is not a ground for dismissing an action. On motion or on its own, the court may at any time, on just terms, add or drop a party. The court may also sever any claim against a party.
Rule 21 was amended, effective March 1, 2011.
Rule 21 is derived from Fed.R.Civ.P. 21.
Rule 21 was amended, effective March 1, 2011, in response to the December 1, 2007, revision of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The language and organization of the rule were changed to make the rule more easily understood and to make style and terminology consistent throughout the rules.
SOURCES: Joint Procedure Committee Minutes of April 24-25, 2008, page 29; September 20-21, 1979, page 13; Fed.R.Civ.P. 21.
CROSS REFERENCE: N.D.R.Civ.P. 17 (Parties Plaintiff and Defendant-Capacity),N.D.R.Civ.P. 18 (Joinder of Claims and Remedies), N.D.R.Civ.P. 19 (Joinder of Persons Needed for Just Adjudication), N.D.R.Civ.P. 20 (Permissive Joinder of Parties), N.D.R.Civ.P. 25 (Substitution of Parties), and N.D.R.Civ.P. 42 (Consolidation-Separate Trials).