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This is a basic guide through the process of a civil action in North Dakota District Court. This guide is not a complete statement of the laws and rules that apply to civil actions in North Dakota District Court.

This guide includes some basic checklists and forms. Available checklists and forms are listed within each section of the guide and at the end of the guide.

The information contained in this guide cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in North Dakota. If you are unsure whether you should use the information, contact a lawyer licensed to practice in North Dakota.

You are not required to hire an attorney to access the court system. If you decide to represent yourself, you must follow all of the rules, laws and procedures that a lawyer is required to follow.

North Dakota Century Code (State laws/statutes) and the North Dakota Constitution

North Dakota Court Rules

For definitions of many legal terms, go to the Glossary on this website.

Court Rules, the North Dakota Century Code, the North Dakota Constitution, and legal dictionaries can be found in print in many North Dakota public and academic libraries.

Checklists and Forms

Following are some basic checklists and forms for use in a civil action. The ND Legal Self Help Center does not have checklists and forms available for every part of a civil action.

Start a Civil Action:

Starting a Civil Action - Checklist

Summons form - Civil Actions

Summons form - Divorce or Separation Actions

Summons form - Actions to Establish Parental Rights and Responsibilities

Answer a Complaint or Counterclaim:

Answering a Civil Summons and Complaint - Checklist

Answer form

Answer and Counterclaim form

Answer to Counterclaim form

Filing Documents with the District Court:

Notice of Filing form

Motion Documents:

Making a Motion - Checklist

Answering a Motion - Checklist

Motion form

Notice of Motion form

Notice of Hearing on Motion form

Brief in Support of Motion form

Answer Brief to Motion form


Notice of Entry of Judgement Form

Statement of Costs and Disbursements form


Caption and Signature form

Caption and Signature (Petition) Form

Verification form

Verification (Petition) form

Affidavit form

Affidavit (Petition) form


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If you have a question relating to a case that is already filed please contact the clerk of court for the county.