ND Supreme Court Self Help Center


ND Supreme Court Self Help Center provides resources to people who represent themselves in the North Dakota Courts. The information on this website is not intended for legal advice but only a general guide to the court process.

Burleigh County Courthouse

Burleigh County Court is a District Court and is located at 514 East Thayer Avenue in Bismarck. The general contact phone number is 701.222.6690.

Mandan Municipal Court

Mandan Municipal Court is located at 205 2nd Avenue NW in Mandan. The general contact phone number is 701.667.3270.

Burleigh County Detention Center

Pat Heinert, Sheriff
Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department
Phone: (701)222-6651
Fax: (701)221-6899

Mailing Address:
Box 1416
Bismarck, ND 58502-1416

Physical Address:
514 East Thayer Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501

Burleigh County Detention Center is a 28,000 square foot tobacco free facility that was dedicated on September 2, 1992. The Detention Center is designed for a maximum capacity of 138 inmates with a current 2009 daily average of 128 inmates. The Detention Center is administered by Sheriff Pat Heinert and employs 32 full time officers.

Visitation – Visitation is held every Tuesday and Thursday (except holidays) starting at 1:00 pm for inmates who have served a minimum of four days in jail. Each eligible inmate is allowed one 20 minute visit per visitation day. All visitors must have photo identification, be on the inmate’s visitation list, be dressed appropriately (to include a shirt with sleeves), and must sign in between the hours of 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm the day of visitation. If you wish to check if you are on an inmate’s visitation list you must do so in person at the Sheriff’s Department.

Messages for inmates – To leave a message for an inmate, please call the inmate voice mail line at (701) 223-8388. To contact Reliance Telephone call 1-800-896-3201.

Phone Cards – Only Reliance phone cards can be used in the Detention Center. If you wish to purchase a phone card for an inmate you may do so by either calling Reliance Telephone at 1-800-896-3201, going to www.reliancetelephone.com, or by putting cash into an inmate account and the inmate can purchase a phone card. There is a kiosk by the Sheriff’s Department in which to put money into an inmate’s account. This kiosk takes cash and credit/debit card. Money can also be put into an inmate’s account on-line by going to www.InmateCanteen.com.

** Clothing left for inmates must be approved by Detention Staff. **

** No items may be left for inmates who are transported in from DOCR for court or if they have been ordered to serve their sentence at DOCR. **

** US Marshall Inmates are not allowed to take any personal items with them when they are transported; therefore, only medically necessary items will be accepted. **

Razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, paper, and stamps are provided to the inmate.

The following items can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Department counter Monday through Friday (excluding Holidays) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. All other items must be purchased by the inmate through the Detention Center Canteen. There is a kiosk by the Sheriff’s Department in which to put money into an inmate’s account. This kiosk takes cash and credit/debit card. Money can also be put into an inmate’s account on-line by going to www.InmateCanteen.com.

Morton County Correctional Center

Morton County Correctional Center is designed for 31 inmates in 1986. Bunk beds were added in 2009, bringing the capacity to 35 inmates. There are also two detoxification or isolation cells.

The Morton County Correctional Center offers an on-line mechanism for paying bonds.


Inmate visitation is provided only if the visitor is on the inmate’s visiting list and approved. Visitation is held according to the cell block the inmate is housed in. Visitors must provide photo id each time you come to visit. Do not call and ask mccc staff if you are approved to visit. It is the inmate’s responsibility to contact you. You may come the day and time of visiting with a photo id to see if you are approved.

Visitors are subject to search. Items not allowed include weapons, firearms, cellular phones, tobacco products, incendiary devices, alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, keys, wallets, coats, caps/ hats. Visitors will be allowed a state-issued photo id and car keys in the visitation area. Coats may be hung on the coat rack provided at the mccc. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department is not responsible for lost or stolen property.


To leave a message for an inmate call the voice mail line (701) 663-9984. To contact reliance telephone call 1-800-896-3201. To purchase inmate calling cards you must do so by computer. (MCCC does not sell calling cards). Reliance web site address is: www.reliancetelephone.com

Reliance will send MCCC the pin # and it will be given to the inmate.


The following items may be dropped off Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, excluding holidays. Medication may be dropped off 24 hours a day. All items must be in original packaging.

  • Transparent deodorant 3-4 oz. (no aerosol cans)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand soap (bar only)
  • 5 pair of white underwear (boxers must be specific male or female. Female boxers must not contain an open fly)
  • 5 pair white socks (no knee highs)
  • 5 white t-shirts (no pockets)
  • 3 bras (no underwire)
  • Court clothing
  • Money (as allowed)
  • Stamps
  • Envelopes
  • Writing material (no pens, pencils, markers, colored pencils or wire bound notebooks)
  • Shampoo (clear see-through transparent bottle, plastic container)
  • Cornhusker’s lotion (no pumps, plastic container)
  • Necessary health care items for contacts and dentures
  • Pictures (photos must be mailed-in from the us postal service)
  • Female hygiene products (tampons/pads)
  • Carmex/blistex (squeeze tube only)
  • Medications (narcotics and sleeping aids are not allowed. Medication must be in original container. Pills must not be mixed into one bottle.)
  • Hair ties (no metal)
  • Word find, crossword puzzle books etc. (paperback only)
  • Reading books (paperback only, no magazines, tabloids, or newspapers)
  • Legal material
  • Religious material, bible (no hard cover), necklace (not to exceed 1 inch in width and length and not worth over $100.00) and religious tools (rosary, etc.)
  • 2 pair white long john tops and bottoms (during the months of oct.-may)
  • Ear plugs (foam)


The MCCC is located in the Morton County Law Enforcement Center, 205 1st Ave NW, Mandan, ND, 58554.

After hours, please use the east entrance. Press the call button and state what you are there for.

To contact the MCCC, call (701)667-3318.

Abused Adult Resource Center

Abused Adult Resource Center was founded to provide emergency support, crisis intervention, temporary shelter, food, counseling, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence and domestic assault. We work with our clients and their children to help them find a life free from abuse. We also work with the community to develop an awareness and sensitivity to the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault and to establish programs to break the “cycle of abuse.” The mission of the Abused Adult Resource Center is to “assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by establishing and maintaining a program which will provide temporary shelter, crisis intervention, prevention, education, support and hope as a vision to eliminate violence.”

The Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota, has been helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for more than 20 years. It serves families and individuals in distress throughout south central North Dakota. AARC programs, staff and volunteers have been widely recognized for their work in building a healthier, safer community.

The AARC began as a citizens task force in 1976 under the name Abused Women’s Resource Closet. In March 1977, the Region VII Community Action Program and the Mental Health Association of North Dakota sponsored a CETA Project to establish a program of direct services to adult victims of domestic violence. The Abused Women’s Resource Closet became the Abused Adult Resource Center in January 1984.

Programs include:

  • Crisis Intervention: programs to break the cycle of violence, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, advocacy, emotional support and referrals.
  • Children’s Programs: counseling, support, education and child abuse prevention.
  • Family Safety Center: a safe, neutral place where parents can visit children in foster care because of abuse and neglect, and where custodial parents can transfer temporary custody of their children to noncustodial parents for visitation.
  • Pam’s House: a “safe house” for women and children affected by domestic violence, combining temporary shelter with counseling and assistance for rebuilding lives.
  • Criminal Justice Program: prepares certified domestic violence advocates who assist victims through the legal process of obtaining a court order for protection.

Legal Services of ND

Legal Services of ND is a non-profit organization, providing legal assistance in a variety of matters to low income and elderly North Dakotans.

Help is available by calling these toll free numbers:

Under age 60 call toll-free 1-800-634-5263
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. CST.

Age 60+ call toll-free 1-866-621-9886
Monday – Thursday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST.
Friday between 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST.

Legal Services of North Dakota also operates small offices on the Fort Berthold and Turtle Mountain Indian Reservations and runs bi-monthly outreach to the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. Dakota Plains Legal Services provides civil legal services to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation out of their Fort Yates office and these reservation-based offices:

Fort Berthold Office
345 Main Street
New Town, ND 58763
Ph: (701) 627-4719
Toll Free: 877-639-8695
Fax: (701) 627-4122

Spirit Lake Outreach
Cankdeska Cikana
Community College
214 – 1st Avenue, Room C101
Fort Totten, ND 58335
Ph: (701) 350-1663

Turtle Mountain Office
BIA Road 7 – Building 85
Belcourt, ND 58316
Ph. (701) 477-3710
Fax: (701) 477-6024

Standing Rock Office
Dakota Plains Legal Services
P.O. Box 507
Fort Yates, ND 58538
Ph: (701) 854-7204
Fax: (701) 854-3686