RULE 11.2. WITHDRAWAL OF ATTORNEYS
1 (a) Notice of withdrawal. An attorney's appearance for a party may only be
2 withdrawn upon leave of court. Reasonable notice of the motion for leave to
3 withdraw must be given by personal service, by registered or certified mail, or via
4 a third-party commercial carrier providing a traceable delivery, directed to the
5 party at the party's last known business or residence address. If the notice is
6 undeliverable, the attorney must submit an affidavit to the court reciting the efforts
7 made to give notice.
8 (b) Motion to withdraw. The motion for leave to withdraw must be in
9 writing and, unless another attorney is substituted, must state the last known
10 address, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of the party represented.
11 (c) Withdrawal on Appeal. If a notice of appeal is filed in a matter, any
12 attorney seeking leave to withdraw must file the motion with the supreme court
14 (d) Limited Appearance. This rule does not apply to attorneys representing a
15 party under a notice of limited representation served under N.D.R.Civ.P. 11(e)
16 unless the attorney seeks to withdraw from the limited representation itself.
17 EXPLANATORY NOTE
18 Rule 11.2 was amended, effective March 1, 1999; March 1, 2000; March 1,
19 2006; March 1, 2009; March 1, 2015.
20 The March 1, 1999, amendments allow notice via a commercial carrier providing a
21 traceable delivery service.
22 The March 1, 2000, amendments are stylistic.
23 Subdivision (a) was amended, effective March 1, 2015, to require the
24 attorney, when notice of withdrawal cannot be delivered, to submit an affidavit
25 regarding the efforts made to provide notice.
26 Subdivision (b) was amended, effective March 1, 2015, to require the
27 attorney to provide the court with any known party e-mail addresses or telephone
29 Subdivision (c) was added, effective March 1, 2006, to make it clear that an
30 attorney seeking to withdraw from representation in a matter that is on appeal must
31 file a motion for leave to withdraw with the supreme court clerk. The supreme
32 court clerk will refer withdrawal motions involving court appointed attorneys to
33 the trial court for decision and appointment of new counsel.
34 Subdivision (d) was added, effective March 1, 2009, to make it clear that an
35 attorney who serves a notice of limited representation to represent a party for one
36 or more matters in a case is not required to formally withdraw upon completion of
37 activity covered by the notice. Under N.D.R.Civ.P. 11(e), however, the attorney
38 must serve a notice of termination of limited representation when the attorney's
39 involvement ends. Rule 11.2 and N.D.R.Civ.P. 5 and 11 were amended to permit
40 attorneys to assist otherwise unrepresented parties on a limited basis without
41 undertaking full representation of the party.
42 Sources: Joint Procedure Committee Minutes of September 25-26, 2014,
43 pages 3-4; April 24-25, 2014, pages 26-27; January 24, 2008, pages 2-7; October
44 11-12, 2007, pages 20-26; September 23-24, 2004, page 29; May 6-7, 1999, pages
45 15-16; January 29-30, 1998, page 22.
46 Cross Reference: N.D.R.Civ.P. 5 (Service and Filing of Pleadings and
47 Other Papers), N.D.R.Civ.P. 11 (Signing of Pleadings, Motions and Other Papers;
48 Representation to Court; Sanctions); N.D.R. Prof. Conduct 1.2 (Scope of