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
12, Oct 2014 - State says defense of marriage ban unchanged
PIERRE - The state attorney general says South Dakota will continue to defend its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage despite a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to not hear the issue.
12, Oct 2014 - Brown, SD Trial delayed for South Dakota child rape suspect
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — The trial for a Columbia-area man charged with rape, sexual contact with a minor and kidnapping has been delayed until late February.
12, Oct 2014 - SD Supreme Court begins Oct. term in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has begun its October term by hearing arguments at the University of Sioux Falls.
12, Oct 2014 - Meade, SD SD State Prison Inmate Passes Away
A South Dakota state prison inmate passed away Friday.
12, Oct 2014 - Judge: Abuse laws don't apply to unborn children
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A child abuse case against a South Dakota woman has been thrown out after a federal judge ruled that abuse and neglect laws don't apply to unborn children.
12, Oct 2014 - South Dakota Supreme Court hears Oakley Engesser case
Monday, South Dakota Supreme Court Justices met for the first of three days of hearings at the University of Sioux Falls. One of the many cases involves a man who claims he was wrongly convicted for a deadly crash in 2000.
12, Oct 2014 - U.S. Magistrate Judge
United States District Court District of South Dakota Office of the Clerk Room 128, Federal Building 400 S. Phillips Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6851 Joseph A. Haas Clerk of Court (605) 330-6600
11, Oct 2014 - South Dakota Supreme Court hears Canton assault appeal
The South Dakota Supreme Court began three days of hearing court cases at the University of Sioux Falls today. One of the cases deals with an aggravated assault conviction in Canton and if "assault" is determined by the act or the result of the act.
11, Oct 2014 - SD Supreme Court to hear arguments in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court will begin its October court term at the University of Sioux Falls Monday.
11, Oct 2014 - Meade, SD 72-year-old state prison inmate dies
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - A 72-year-old inmate serving a 17-year sentence at the South Dakota State Prison has died following an extended illness. Stanton Day was sentenced in Meade County in September 2007. He was charged with sexual contact with a child under 16 and sexual exploitation of a child.
10, Oct 2014 - South Sioux edges Sgt. Bluff-Luton in five sets
South Sioux City beat Sgt. Bluff-Luton, 3-2, on the volleyball court on Thursday. See the highlights and the SportsFource volleyball scores from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.
10, Oct 2014 - Book tells of fights over South Dakota courthouse locations
PIERRE - A former South Dakota judge has written a book about the history and architecture of the state's justice buildings. "County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota" by Arthur Rusch will be released at the South Dakota Festival of Books on Friday in Sioux Falls.
10, Oct 2014 - Sioux Falls, SD Clearing criminal record not easy in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The case against Brandon Taliaferro was so weak that a judge concluded the jury didn't need to bother deliberating.
10, Oct 2014 - Lake, SD Maegan Spindler homicide trial starts tomorrow in South Dakota
The double homicide trial of Ronald Ray Fischer Jr., the man accused of killing of Cazenovia native Maegan Spindler in July 2013, was scheduled to start this week in Lake Andes, S.D., after a lengthy legal battle over the admissibility of the defendant’s blood samples was recently resolved.
09, Oct 2014 - South Dakota Supreme Court to hear appeal of Minnesota man's 261-year prison sentence
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota Supreme Court is going to hear the appeal of a Minnesota man who was 16 when he was involved in the death of taxi cab driver in Pierre almost 20 years ago.
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