In North Dakota, access to criminal justice information varies depending on the type of data sought: court records are publicly available in bulk; corrections records are subject to agency approval; and criminal history information is not accessible for public inspection or research purposes.
House Bill 1313 is related to the collection of data on missing persons. Under this bill, sections 54-12-34 of the North Dakota Century Code were amended and reenacted to refine the criminal justice data information sharing system. As such, the attorney general would maintain a data information sharing system within the bureau of criminal investigation. This system would aid the exchange of criminal justice data, by law enforcement, emergency services, judicial and the department of transportation and also include a missing person repository whereby authorized individuals could access missing person information.
House Bill 1256 established chapter 12-60.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the sealing of criminal records. Subsections of this bill included: grounds to file for petition to seal criminal records, guidelines to petition to seal criminal records and hearing on petitions in the state of North Dakota.