Courts in North Dakota
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If you're facing a DWI or DUI charge in North Dakota, your case will be heard in a North Dakota Municipal Court. North Dakota's District Courts handle all civil, domestic violence, and juvenile cases in, and cases involving traffic violations. North Dakota has a Temporary Court of Appeals that hears civil, criminal, and administrative agency appeals, and the state's 'court of last resort' is the North Dakota Supreme Court, which hears appeals from the Temporary Court of Appeals. If you're trying to find out if someone has a criminal record in North Dakota, many North Dakota court records for its District Courts are available online at However, some counties don't participate in this online database. If you're seeking records that aren't available online, you will need to contact the Clerk of Courts in that county to obtain copy of North Dakota court documents. A list of the participating North Dakota counties can be found at the above link. For further information regarding the availability of North Dakota public records, see the North Dakota 'Public Access to Court Records' guide at
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North Dakota Court News
21, Sep 2014 - Kalispell oil exec faces 50 years for dumping
BISMARCK, N.D. — An oil executive from Kalispell accused of dumping toxic drilling liquid and endangering drinking water for a county in southwest North Dakota has reached an undisclosed plea deal wit
21, Sep 2014 - ND Asks Federal Court To Throw-out Same Sex Marriage Ban Suits
North Dakota's attorney general is asking the federal court to throw-out two lawsuits challenging the state's gay marriage ban. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed his response in federal court today. 
21, Sep 2014 - N.D. incarceration rate climbing; no dramatic drop in crime rate
Putting more criminals behind bars has not led to a huge drop in North Dakota's crime rate, a new study indicates.
21, Sep 2014 - Burleigh, ND Teacher Who Slept With Teen Student Learns Her Fate
Bismarck Teacher Who Had Sex With Teenage Student Sentenced To 60 Days In Jail Teacher Who Slept With Teen Student Learns Her Fate Bismarck Teacher Who Had Sex With Teenage Student Sentenced To 60 Days In Jail Legal duurmas, sex offender, sexual abuse, child abuse, gym teacher, rape Has Been Optimized A former North Dakota gym teacher was sentenced to 60 days in jail Wednesday for having sex ...
21, Sep 2014 - Trucker indicted on 3 counts of child pornography
A truck driver arrested at a border crossing between North Dakota and Canada on allegations he possessed child pornography has been indicted in federal court.
21, Sep 2014 - Cass, ND ND judge rejects appeal in murder-for-hire case
A judge has rejected an appeal by an Oklahoma man convicted for hiring a hit man to kill his son-in-law in North Dakota.
20, Sep 2014 - Stark, ND Oil exec reaches plea deal in illegal dumping case
Authorities say an oil executive accused of endangering drinking water in southwest North Dakota has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.
20, Sep 2014 - North Dakota Teacher of the Year charged for sex with student
Frances Burns FARGO, N.D., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Aaron Knodel, North Dakota's 2014 Teacher of the Year, appeared in court Friday to be arraigned on charges of having sex with a student.
20, Sep 2014 - Grand Forks, ND Correction: Synthetic Drug Overdoses story
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — In a story Aug. 28 about the sentencing of a man in a North Dakota drug case, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Debbie Bjerk, whose son Christian Bjerk died after ingesting a synthetic drug. She said, "There are no human words I can say today that can convey the magnitude of our loss," not "There are no healing words I can say today that can convey the magnitude of our ...
20, Sep 2014 - North Dakota Judge Brad Cruff Selected as CSG Toll Fellow
Judge Brad Cruff of the Southeast District Court in North Dakota is one of 48 state leaders from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2014.
20, Sep 2014 - North Dakota Teacher of the Year Charged with Soliciting Minors
According to court documents from Cass County, Aaron Knodel is charged with five counts of corruption or solicitation of minors.
20, Sep 2014 - Woman accused of using Facebook while driving is charged with homicide
(CNN) — A North Dakota woman who police say was using Facebook on her cellphone when she crashed into another car is accused of negligent homicide in the death of a great-grandmother during the May accident. Abby Sletten, 20, appeared in Traill County District Court on Wednesday to face a count of negligent homicide, court […]
19, Sep 2014 - North Dakota district judge, Clapp, to resign in December
One of the five district judges in North Dakota's Northeast Central Judicial District says she will resign this year.
19, Sep 2014 - BCI agent held in contempt, state told to pay $49K
An Ellendale judge has found a North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent in contempt of court and ordered the state to pay nearly $49,000.
19, Sep 2014 - Man ordered to pay back victim in child pornography case
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- A judge says a Wisconsin man convicted in a child pornography case in North Dakota must pay $3,250 to one of the victims.
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