Courts in South Dakota
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South Dakota's state court system is very simple. At its lowest level are its South Dakota Magistrate's Courts, which hear many types of civil cases, small claims cases, and preliminary hearings in misdemeanor cases. The next level of the South Dakota court system are its Circuit Courts, which hear general civil cases, and those relating to domestic relations, juvenile, real property, torts and contracts. South Dakota's only appeals court is the South Dakota Supreme Court. The South Dakota Unified Judicial System's website,, provides a great deal of information about South Dakota courts. If you're trying to find information about South Dakota court cases, you can order copies of most South Dakota court documents by mail, or in person at a South Dakota Clerk of Courts office. There is a small charge to run a name search. Information regarding someone's criminal history in South Dakota can also be obtained. See for more information. If you're considering representing yourself in a South Dakota court case, there is a 'Guide for Representing Yourself' on the website.
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17, Sep 2014 - Rapid City, SD South Dakota jailer acquitted of raping inmate
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Jurors acquitted a South Dakota jailer on charges alleging that he raped a female inmate.
17, Sep 2014 - Judge rules against Libertarian in PUC ballot spat
SIOUX FALLS - A federal judge has ruled against the South Dakota Libertarian Party's attempt to get its Public Utilities Commission candidate on the November general election ballot.
16, Sep 2014 - Ex-South Dakota prosecutor pleads not guilty to child rape charges
PIERRE -- A former South Dakota county prosecutor has pleaded not guilty to child rape charges. Former Walworth County State's Attorney Christopher Jansen on Tuesday entered his plea at the federal court in Pierre.
15, Sep 2014 - South Dakota forestry contractors ordered to pay back wages
Following a three-year fraud investigation, a U.S. District Court has ordered five South Dakota forestry contractors to pay more than $541,000 in back wages to 66 workers.
15, Sep 2014 - System holds off on gay marriage talk
PIERRE (AP) – Officials with the South Dakota Retirement System say they're holding off on discussing the effects of last year's Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.
15, Sep 2014 - No bond for SD man accused of attacking attorney
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man accused of attacking his public defender while in court is being held without bond.
15, Sep 2014 - Black Hawk senate candidate, Clayton Walker, arrested again
For the second time in three months, Black Hawk resident and former U.S. Senate candidate Clayton G. Walker has been arrested, this time for reportedly threatening state employees, according South Dakota State Attorney Marty Jackley.
15, Sep 2014 - Judge rules in favor of Myers for ballot change
A federal judge ruled Monday that South Dakota independent gubernatorial candidate Michael Myers can change his running mate on the November ballot. Myers original pick for lieutenant governor withdrew from the race, citing family health issues.
15, Sep 2014 - SD judge OKs blood evidence in fatal crash case
PICKSTOWN, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota judge will allow blood evidence to be part of the case against a driver who authorities say struck and killed two people in 2013.
15, Sep 2014 - South Dakota Democratic Party accuses state leaders of hiding details of EB-5 scandal
The head of the South Dakota Democratic Party accuses a long list of state leaders of hiding the details. That list includes Governor Dennis Daugaard, former Governor Mike Rounds, attorneys general Larry Long and Marty Jackley, to former board of regents executive director Tad Perry.
15, Sep 2014 - Michael Day Appointed as Presiding Judge for Fourth Judicial Circuit
Chief Justice David Gilbertson announced the appointment of Michael Day as Presiding Judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit today. Judge Day obtained both his bachelor of science and law degree from the University of South Dakota, then went on to practice law at a firm in Belle Fourche.
15, Sep 2014 - Judge rules in favor of Myers for ballot change - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports
A federal judge ruled Monday that South Dakota independent gubernatorial candidate Michael Myers can change his running mate on the November ballot. Myers original pick for lieutenant governor withdrew from the race, citing family health issues.
15, Sep 2014 - South Dakota DUI implied consent law ruled unconstitutional
PIERRE - The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that the state's implied consent law for drunken driving enforcement is unconstitutional. The 2006 law allows for blood to be drawn from suspected drunk drivers even without their permission or a warrant.
15, Sep 2014 - Fed comments accepted in Indian child welfare case - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Spo
RAPID CITY - A federal judge is allowing the U.S. Justice Department to weigh in on a lawsuit over South Dakota's handling of foster care for American Indian children.
15, Sep 2014 - Minnehaha, SD State Prison Inmate Dies
McVay, age 44, was found hanging in his cell in the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary overnight. Penitentiary staff attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and an ambulance was summoned. McVay was pronounced dead before he could be transported to a local hospital.
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