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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South Dakota Court News
23, Oct 2014 - Appeal of the late James McVay dismissed
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of a convicted murderer who killed himself in prison.
23, Oct 2014 - Judge hears argument on SD gay marriage lawsuit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging South Dakota's ban on gay marriage should be dismissed because a regional appeals court already ruled on the issue eight years ago, a lawyer for the stat
23, Oct 2014 - Legal battle over same-sex marriage in South Dakota
A federal judge heard arguments on South Dakota's request to throw out a lawsuit challenging its ban on gay marriage but will file her decision later.
23, Oct 2014 - S.D. gay marriage ban headed to court
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A federal judge could decide today whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging South Dakota's ban on gay marriage, with attorneys for both sides expected to argue their case as similar
23, Oct 2014 - McVay Appeal Dismissed and to Remain on Record
Today Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the South Dakota Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of James Mcvay. Mcvay was an inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary and committed suicide in September while serving a capital sentence for the murder of Sioux falls resident, Maybelle Schein.
22, Oct 2014 - Former official: Little oversight of visa program
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A court deposition by the former leader of South Dakota's investment-for-green card program said there was little state oversight of the program, which has become an issue in
22, Oct 2014 - Execution Date Requested for State Prison Inmate
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking court officials to set an execution date for a man involved in killing a state prison guard over 3 years ago.
22, Oct 2014 - Dad who sheriff says killed 2 kids, self said in court case he wanted new life in South Dakota
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A stay-at-home dad in nasty divorce with his wife shot their three children Friday, killing two of them before fatally shooting himself inside the family's Florida home, authorities said.
21, Oct 2014 - State highlights: Calif. ballot measure updates; Va. prison health care budget shortfall
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21, Oct 2014 - Day, SD SD man sentenced in fatal New Year's Day crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man will serve 13 years in prison for a New Year's Day crash in Sioux Falls that killed a woman.
21, Oct 2014 - South Dakota gay marriage ban headed to court
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge could decide Friday whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging South Dakota's ban on gay marriage, with attorneys for both sides expected to argue their case as
21, Oct 2014 - Jackley seeks May execution for Rodney Berget
Attorney General Marty Jackley has asked South Dakota court officials to set a spring execution date for a man ordered to die for his role in killing a state prison guard during an escape attempt 3½½ y
21, Oct 2014 - Judge upholds conviction of SD man who shot wife
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A circuit judge has upheld the manslaughter conviction of a South Dakota man who shot his wife in five years ago while she scrubbed the kitchen floor.
20, Oct 2014 - Fed judge overturns South Dakota murder conviction
A federal judge has dismissed the murder conviction of a South Dakota man in a case in which the victim died nearly two years after being beaten.
20, Oct 2014 - Brule, SD South Dakota man who set tribal building on fire sentenced
Editors Note APNewsNow. RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) _ A central South Dakota man has been sentenced to prison for setting a tribal building on fire.
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