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Appeal an Administrative Agency Decision to District Court


If you're a party in an administrative agency adjudicative proceeding, and you disagree with the administrative agency’s final decision, you may appeal the decision to North Dakota State District Court.

  • An administrative agency adjudicative proceeding is an administrative matter resulting in the agency issuing an order after an opportunity for hearing is provided or required.

Administrative Agencies

A North Dakota administrative agency is each board, bureau, commission, department, or other administrative unit of the executive branch of North Dakota state government.  Administrative agencies include one or more officers, employees, or other persons directly or indirectly purporting to act on behalf or under authority of the agency.

Some examples of North Dakota administrative agencies include the North Dakota Department of Health, North Dakota Department of Human Services, Job Service of North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights, and Workforce Safety and Insurance.

30 Day Deadline to Appeal

Don’t Delay! You have a 30 day deadline to appeal a final determination (decision) of an administrative agency to a North Dakota State District Court. The 30 day deadline starts when you receive notice of the agency's final determination (decision).

The 30 day deadline is strict.  If you miss the deadline, the North Dakota State District Court judge may dismiss your appeal and you won’t be allowed bring your appeal at all.

Forms and Guides for Appealing an Administrative Agency Decision to District Court

Forms aren't available for every legal issue or circumstance.  If you don't find a form that suits your circumstances on this website, the form isn't available through the North Dakota Legal Self Help Center.

You may need to create legal documents yourself.  The General-Use forms in the District Court Civil Action Section of this website may be used as a starting point for creating your own legal documents.


Informational Guides:

Selected Statutes (Laws) & Rules

Following are legal research starting points related to appealing a final decision of a North Dakota administrative agency. You may need to conduct additional legal research into your legal issue.  See the Legal Research Section of this website.

Other Resources

Following are other resources related to appealing a final decision of a North Dakota administrative agency that may be of interest.

If you don't understand any of this information, or if you have trouble filling out any of the forms located here, see an attorney for help.

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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.