NORTH DAKOTA SMALL CLAIMS COURTS

Addresses and information on North Dakota small claims courts and filings.

A person can file a claim in small claims court if he/she has a dispute involving a certain amount of money with another person, company or government agency.


The amount that could be recovered is limited, and it varies from state to state (usually from $1,500 to 10,000 Dollars.)

Most common claims in small claims courts involve:

  • Auto Accidents - Someone dents your vehicle and refuses to pay for the repairs.
  • Small Loans - Someone refuses to pay you back the money he/she borrowed.
  • Defected New Products - Your new chair breaks but the store will not fix it or return your money.
  • Poor Services Rendered - A dry cleaning company ruins your favorite dress and will not pay for or replace it.
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues - The property owner or landlord refuses to return your security deposit, even after certifying the place was left in in good condition.

Things to bring to court:

Original copies of all papers you need to help prove the case (contracts, letters, rental agreements, canceled checks, deeds, repair bills, IOUs, diagrams, written damage estimates, photographs or even drawings.)

2 photocopies of every original document. (one for the defendant, one for the court)

The piece of clothing or the appliance damaged by the defendant, if that's the case.

Any witness that could help the case. Some judges allow notarized statements by witness that cannot appear in court.

Small Claims Courts Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the minor.)
  • Be of sound mind or mentally competent. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the incapacitated.)
  • United States citizen and non-citizens can use the small claims court.
  • There are no juries in small claims courts.
  • No objections are allowed.
  • Either the plaintiff (the person who is suing) or the defendant (the person being sued) are allowed to speak with an attorney before coming to court, but lawyers are not allowed in the court with you. You must be a Pro Se litigant (represent yourself.)

Hearing dates are usually set on some evenings or on Saturday (once a month.)

Hearing is scheduled within 40 days in most cases (up to 70 days if one litigant does not live in the same county).

NORTH DAKOTA SMALL CLAIMS COURTS

State of North Dakota District Court Clerk of Court Office Ward County 315 3rd St Se Minot, ND 58701-3959 Phone:(701) 857-6650

Burleigh County District Court 514 E Thayer Ave Bismarck, ND 58501-4413 Phone:(701) 222-6690

Clerk of District Court Auditor 1000 5 St N Carrington, ND 58421 Phone:(701) 652-1001

Clerk of District Court 211 9th St S Fargo, ND 58103-1833 Phone:(701) 451-6943

Clerk of District Court 301 Bdwy 301 Broadway Napoleon, ND 58561-7010 Phone:(701) 754-2751

North Dakota Small Claims - District Court Minot, ND 58701 Phone:(701) 857-6624

North Dakota Small Claims - District Court Minot, ND 58701 Phone:(701) 857-6600

Stark County Clerk of District Court Dickinson, ND 58601 Phone:(701) 227-3182

State of North Dakota Clerk of District Court Fargo, ND 58103 Phone:(701) 451-6942

Stutsman County District Court 511 2nd Ave Se Jamestown, ND 58401 Phone:(701) 252-9044

Traill County Clerk of Courts 114 W Caledonia Ave Hillsboro, ND 58045 Phone:(701) 636-5812

Cavalier County District Court 901 3rd St Ste 2 Langdon, ND 58249-2457 Phone:(701) 256-2124

Mercer County District Court 1021 Aurther St Stanton, ND 58571 Phone:(701) 745-3262

Beulah Park District 119 7th St Ne Hazen, ND 58545 Phone:(701) 873-5481

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