North Dakota state district court case records are generally available to the public, and anyone can request to look at the case records in almost any court case.
Sometimes there is information in a court case record that a person does not want made available to the general public.
A party in the case, a victim (in a criminal or delinquency case), or the person about whom information is present in the court case record can ask the court to prohibit access to that information.
The request is made in a written motion to the court. All parties in the case are required to get notice of the motion and a chance to respond, or answer, in writing to the request to prohibit public access.
For more details and information about access to North Dakota state court records, go to the Data Access webpage.
Forms and Guides for Prohibiting Public Access:
Forms are not available for every legal issue, circumstance or procedure in a district court civil action. If you do not find a form on this website, the form is not 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.
Forms for Prohibiting Public Access to Court Case Records:
- Motion and Answer to Motion to Prohibit Public Access to Court Records – Civil & Criminal Cases
- May be used to request to prohibit access to all or part of the court case records.
- May be used to answer a request to prohibit access to all or part of the court case records.
- Motion to Prohibit Public Access to Court Records – Criminal Cases Only
- May be used by the defendant in a criminal case to request to prohibit access to all of the criminal court case records. The defendant must have been acquitted, or the charges dismissed.
Selected Statutes (Laws) & Rules
Following are legal research starting points related to public access to court case records. You may need to conduct additional legal research into your legal issue. See the Legal Research Section of this website.
- Rule 41 of the North Dakota Supreme Court Administrative Rules
- Rule 3.2 of the North Dakota Rules of Court
- Rule 3.4 of the North Dakota Rules of Court
- Rule 47 of the North Dakota Rules of Criminal Procedure
Following are other resources related to public access to court case records that may be of interest.
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.