North Dakota Bankruptcy Court -

       The North Dakota Bankruptcy Court is part of United State Bankruptcy Court (Region 8). It serves the entire State of North Dakota with courts in Fargo (main office) and Bismarck (state capital). Listed below are the addresses, telephone numbers and names of individuals to contact for questions about your case.

       Also included on this page is helpful information about "Filing Fees and Forms", "The Trustees" and "Filing Bankruptcy with or without an Attorney".

Chief Bankruptcy Judge

       The Hon. Shon Kaelberer Hastings is the Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the District Bankruptcy Court of North Dakota. Her contact information is as follows; United States Bankruptcy Court, Attn: Hon. Shon K. Hastings, Quentin N. Burdick U.S. Courthouse, 655 First Ave. North, Fargo, ND 58102 / Telephone: (701) 297-7140. MaryBeth Hegstad and Jenny Gourde are the law clerks for Judge Hastings. They can also be reached at (701) 297-7140.


Fargo Court

       Fargo is the main office for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of North Dakota (see below for administrative staff names and telephone numbers). Contact information for the Fargo Court is as follows; United States Bankruptcy Court Quentin N. Burdick United States Courthouse, 655 1st Avenue North, Suite 210, Fargo, ND 58102 / Telephone: (701) 297-7100.

Bismarck Court

       The contact information for the bankruptcy court in Bismarck is as follows; Bismarck Bankruptcy Court, Federal Building and Court House, 220 East Rosser Ave., Bismarck ND 58502 / Telephone: (701) 530-2300.

       Both Courthouses are open Monday through Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM except designated federal government holidays.

Other Contact Information

       Relevant contact information is listed below with the names and phone numbers of those involved in administrative matters of the court.


- Judge / Law Clerks
Telephone Number
Hon. Shon Hastings
Chief Bankruptcy Judge
(701) 297-7140
(701) 297-7140
(701) 297-7140
  Katie Stearns
Law Clerk
(701) 297-7140
- Administrative
Telephone Number
Dianne G. Schmitz
Clerk of Court
(701) 297-7100

Ginger Elless
Administrative Officer

(701) 297-7103

Sharon Horsager
Courtroom Deputy

(701) 297-7142

Kay Melquist
Courtroom Deputy

(701) 297-7104

Ginger Schneider
Operations Supervisor

(701) 297-7111

Trina Spaeth
Court Services Specialist

(701) 297-7107

The Trustees

       Information on the Chapter 7, 12 and 13 Trustees can found at the North Dakota Trustees section of this web site.

Filing Fees and Forms

       The cost of filing Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 fees is listed below. For more information on other fees please see the Fee Schedule for the North Dakota Bankruptcy Court. Forms are available at the Bankruptcy Forms section in a PDF format.


- Type of Chapter
- Filing Fee
Chapter 7
Chapter 9 $1,213.00
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 15 Contact the court

Pro Se - Filing Bankruptcy without an Attorney

If you so choose to file bankruptcy on your own ("pro se" in Latin terms), there is a section on the North Dakota Bankruptcy Court web site titled Pro Se that can be helpful. It has information on bankruptcy basics, the terminology, fee waivers and more.


If You Decide to File Bankruptcy with an Attorney

       When you have read and fully understand the information and you decide to hire a lawyer (good idea) instead of filing bankruptcy on your own, read "Selecting an Attorney" and "Bankruptcy Specialist" on this web site. After reading these two sections, go to the North Dakota town or city of your choice in the (North Dakota Home Page) and find a number of attorneys that practice bankruptcy law. Contact the lawyers for an appointment and be prepared at the appointment to ask relevant questions about your case and take notes. Some attorneys will charge an initial consultation fee.

Written by Jack Garchar


   Search Site
Filing Bankruptcy





       - Automatic Stay
       - Avoiding Powers
       - Lien-stripping
       - Race to the
   Discharge of Debts
       - Bankruptcy Estate
       - Federal
       - Homestead
       - Planning

Bankruptcy Law





       - Consequences
       - Criminal Fraud
       - Prosecution
       - Reporting Fraud
Types of Bankruptcy

   Chapter 7

       - Asset Liquidation
       - Chapter 7 Discharge
       - Non-dischargeable
       - Repayment of Debts
   Chapter 9
       - The Debtor
       - Filing Chapter 9

       - Jurisdictional Issues

   Chapter 11

       - Debtor in Possession
       - The Examiner
       - Reorganization/Debtor
       - Chapter 11 Trustee
       - Creditors Committee
       - Finances
       - Filing Lawsuits
       - Creditors' Rights
       - Dismissal/Conversion
       - Selling of Assets
       - Reorganization Plan
       - Plan Procedures
       - Plan Provisions
       - Claims
       - Common Plans
       - Payment of Interest
       - Chapter 11 Attorney
   Chapter 12
       - Qualifications

       - The Discharge
   Chapter 13

      - Advantages
      - Filing Chapter 13
      - Meeting of Creditors
      - Filing Chapter 13 Plan

      - Creditors' Claims
      - Plan Confirmation
      - Order Confirming Plan

      - Appealing OCP
      - Modifying Plan
      - Defaulting
      - Discharge

   Chapter 15

Debt Advice

   Avoiding Bankruptcy

   Debt Consolidation

   Bankruptcy Alternatives

   Life after Bankruptcy

The Court

   US Bankruptcy Courts
       - North Dakota Court
The Trustee
   North Dakota Trustees
   341 Creditors Meeting

Find Attorney by State
North Dakota
      - Beach

      - Bismarck
      - Devils Lake
      - Dickinson
      - Fargo
      - Grand Forks
      - Jamestown
      - Mandan
      - Minot
      - Valley City
      - Wahpeton
      - Williston
   Alphabetical by Name

Selecting an Attorney
   Bankruptcy Specialist

      - North Dakota State Bar

Site Map - Copyright © 2009 - 2012 - All Rights Reserved - - Disclaimer and Privacy Policy - About Us