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North Dakota Freedom of Information

The Open Records Statute of North Dakota is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of governmental bodies.  In North Dakota, “all records of a public entity are public records, open and accessible for inspection during reasonable office hours.”  The statute is provided under N.D.C.C. §44-04-18 et seq.

Furthermore, the North Dakota Open Meetings Statute provides the methods by which public meetings are conducted.  Pursuant to the statute, “all meetings of a public entity must be open to the public” in North Dakota.  Moreover, the right to photograph or record public meetings is explicitly included in the statute. Statutes 44-04-17.1 through 44-04-21.2 of the North Dakota Code define the law.


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