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Criminal Matters – Legal Research


The purpose of legal research includes:

  • Determining your legal rights and responsibilities.
  • Helping you understand your situation or legal issue.
  • Finding legal authority to support your side of a case.
  • Finding legal authority to challenge the other party’s side in a case.

Legal research is an essential function a lawyer performs as part of legal representation of a client.  A self-represented individual performs all of the functions of a lawyer for themselves.

The ND Legal Self Help Center cannot provide assistance with legal research or court process in criminal matters.

Forms and Guides

Forms are not available for every legal issue or circumstance.  If you do not find the form on this website, the form is not available through the North Dakota Legal Self Help Center.  You will need to create your own legal documents.


Informational Guide:

Research Guide:

Other Resources

Selected Statutes (Laws) & Rules

Following are legal research starting points related to criminal matters. You may need to conduct additional legal research into your legal issue.  See the Legal Research Section of this website.

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

The information provided on and obtained from this site does not constitute the official record of the Court. This information is provided as a service to the general public. Any user of this information is hereby advised that it is being provided "as is". The information provided may be subject to errors or omissions. Visitors to this site agree that the Court is not liable for errors or omissions of any of the information provided.

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