Step 4: Service of process
The abuser must be served with a notice of hearing and with any protection orders that a judge has granted you. The judge will order the sheriff or other law enforcement officer to assist with serving the abuser.1 If you have questions about service, see our ND Sheriff Departments page to find the sheriff department nearest you.
The abuser must be served at least five days before the hearing date. If the abuser isn’t served five days prior to the hearing, the judge may reschedule your hearing.2
1 N.D. Code § 14-07.1-04
2 N.D. Code § 14-07.1-02(3)
You can find more information about service of process in our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section, in the question called What is service of process and how do I accomplish it?