1.    A custodian of the records of a financial institution shall, at no expense to the financial institution, produce for inspection or copying the records in the custody of the financial institution when requested to be inspected by the attorney general or a state‘s attorney authorized by the attorney general, if the person requesting the information signs and submits a sworn statement to the custodian that the request is made to investigate a pattern of racketeering activity or a violation of section 12.1-06.1-02 or 12.1-06.1-03.

Terms Used In North Dakota Code 12.1-06.1-07

  • action: means a bodily movement, whether voluntary or involuntary. See North Dakota Code 12.1-01-04
  • Court: means any of the following courts: the supreme court, a district court, and where relevant, a municipal court. See North Dakota Code 12.1-01-04
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • peace officer: means a public servant authorized by law or by a government agency or branch to enforce the law and to conduct or engage in investigations or prosecutions for violations of law. See North Dakota Code 12.1-01-04
  • person: includes , where relevant, a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, unincorporated association, or other legal entity. See North Dakota Code 12.1-01-04
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49

Records may be removed from the premises of the financial institution only for the purpose of copying the records and must be returned within forty-eight hours. The attorney general or an authorized state’s attorney or any peace officer designated by an authorized state’s attorney or the attorney general may not use or release the information except in the proper discharge of official duties. The furnishing of records    in compliance with this section by a custodian of records is a bar to civil or criminal liability against the custodian or financial institution in any action brought alleging violation of the confidentiality of the records. The fact that records have been obtained may not be released in any way by the financial institution until ninety days after the release.

2.    The attorney general or the authorized state’s attorney may petition the district court for enforcement of this section upon noncompliance with the request for inspection. Enforcement must be granted if the request is reasonable and the attorney general or the authorized state’s attorney has reasonable grounds to believe the records sought to be inspected are relevant to a civil or criminal investigation of a pattern of racketeering activity or a violation of section 12.1-06.1-02 or 12.1-06.1-03.

3.    The investigation authority granted pursuant to the provisions of this section may not be exercised by a state’s attorney in the absence of authorization by the attorney general.

4.    Any person releasing information obtained pursuant to this section, except in the proper discharge of official duties, is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.