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North Dakota Legal Research: ND Statutes

North Dakota Century Code - print

The North Dakota Century Code (NDCC) is a multi-volume set of state statutes passed by the legislature and signed into law by the governor. 

The NDCC is available online and in print at a variety of libraries throughout the state.The print copy of the code is the only version with an index.

The NDCC consists of 65 titles, organized by topic.

Citations are organized by title, section, subsection.

Example; the citation for "Perjury" highlighted below is 12.1-11-01.

This is in title 12.1, section 11, subsection 1

NDCC print index 

NDCC - print code section

The NDCC print version is annotated. This means that additional material related to the particular code section follows the text of the code.

The Source (highlighted below) refers to the history of the code section. This particular statute was added to the code during the 1973 legislative session, and was later amended during the 2011 session. Below is an explanation of the abbreviations:

S.L. 1973, ch. 116 § 11   --   S.L. (session law) 2007, ch. 116 (Chapter 116 of that year's Session Laws) § (section) 11

S.L. 2011, chapter 243 § 1

North Dakota Session Laws are the laws enacted during a particular state legislative session. Session Laws from 1862-2017 can be accessed in pdf format on the ND Legislature website.

Other materials that may appear in the annotation after the code section include references to effective dates, cross references, interpretation, decisions, law reviews, etc. Highlighted below is a case interpreting this section of the code.

Regional Libraries with NDCC in print

The following libraries have the print version of the North Dakota Century Code

Dakota College at Bottineau
Bismarck State College, ND Supreme Court Law Library, State Historical Society of ND, North Dakota State Library
Devil’s Lake
Lake Region State College
Dickinson Public Library, Dickinson State University
Fargo Public (Main & Carlson branches), NDSU main library
Grand Forks
Grand Forks Public Library, UND Chester Fritz Library, UND Health Sciences Library, UND Thormodsgard Law Library
Jamestown College Library
Valley City
Valley City State University
Mayville State University
Minot Public Library, Minot State University
North Dakota State College of Science
Walhalla Public School library
West Fargo
West Fargo Public Library


Minnesota State Law Law Library (St. Paul)
Minnesota State University Moorhead
University of Minnesota campuses: Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Twin Cities


North Dakota Century Code - online

The North Dakota Century Code (NDCC) online version can be located on the website of the ND Legislative Branch website.

Although the online version has no index, the homepage lists all 65 titles of the code.

Clicking on a title displays a list of subsections within the particular title. Choosing a section delivers a pdf version with the text of the code.

North Dakota Century Code online

NDCC - online code section

The NDCC online web version has no index and is not annotated.

There is no additional information for code sections, including the source of the law, following the text.

Since there is no index for the online code, a search for Perjury would be less direct. Unless you have a direct citation for the code section you are seeking, you would need to scan the 65 titles to locate the criminal code, title 12.1.

Clicking on the criminal code link displays the subsections. Scrolling down, Perjury - Falsification - Breach of Duty is located at 12.1-11, which is title 12.1 section 11. There are 7 subsections within 12.1-11.

Since the online code is not annotated, all that is displayed is the text of the statute.


NDCC - online code subsections

NDCC - online - text