Tuesday, May 17, 2022

DENIED: The Names The Same

The North Dakota Supreme Court summarily affirmed the denial of a name change on the grounds that it was already a fait accompli

Shane Lance Yates and Amy Jo Yates (“Petitioners”) appeal district court orders denying their petitions for name changes and requests for evidentiary hearings. The Petitioners sought to change their names from “SHANE LANCE YATES” (in all uppercase letters) to “Shane Lance Yates” and “AMY JO YATES” (in all uppercase letters) to “Amy Jo Yates.”


We summarily affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(7); Matter of Yates, 2022 ND 11, ¶ 5, 969 N.W.2d 195 (holding there was no proper and reasonable cause for the district court to change two individuals’ names from all capital letters to initial capital letters followed by lowercase letters because such a request was not a change from one name to another)...

UNFAIR!! (Mike Frisch)


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