North Dakota has “sunshine laws,” which make all government records and meetings open to the public unless a specific law authorizes a record to be withheld or a meeting to be closed.
These laws apply to all state and local government agencies, rural fire and ambulance districts, public schools, private businesses or non-profit organizations that are supported by or expending public funds, and contractors, if the contractor is providing services in place of a public entity rather than to that entity.
- The courts are not subject to open records and meetings law. Information about how to access court records is available on the ND Supreme Court’s website.
Anyone has the right to attend meetings of a public entity or to access and obtain copies of the entity’s records, regardless of where they live.