MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota has excellent statutes protecting the public’s access to public records.
The law begins with a presumption that every record is open to public inspection unless there is a specific statute excluding it. If a government entity denies you access to a record, it must cite the statute allowing it to do so. If they aren’t following the law correctly, citizens can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office and ask for a review. You can also take the matter to the courts.