Manuals for State and Local Government Agencies

The following publications can be downloaded and saved or printed. 

Administrative Rules 

The Office of Attorney General is required to review every proposed administrative rule and issue an opinion as to its legality prior to its final adoption. This manual explains the legal requirements involved in the administrative rulemaking process.

Acquisition and Disposal of Property and Services

This guide lists the North Dakota Century Code sections relating to a public entity's acquisition and disposal of property and services.  

Contract Drafting

The Contract Drafting manual is written so that a preliminary draft of a proposed contract can be prepared by a non‑attorney for review by the state agency’s assigned attorney.

Although contracts are the product of policy decisions by the agency, the Attorney General's office should be consulted to determine the contract's legality before a proposed contract is forwarded to the other party.  This is particularly important if a contract contains unique or novel issues, imposes a significant financial obligation on the state, or relates to a project that could create significant liability for the state.


The Extradition manual includes instructions and the necessary documents to assist government entities with the preparation of extradition and rendition requests.