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
01, Aug 2014 - Sioux Falls, SD Men sentenced in case involving ex-USD athletes
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two Florida men accused of participating in a scheme in which former University of South Dakota athletes and others used stolen identities to fraudulently collect hundreds of
01, Aug 2014 - US attorneys turn up heat on health care fraud
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The top federal prosecutors from South Dakota and North Dakota say they have increased their efforts to fight health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson of South Dakota said he has restructured his office to allow lawyers in the criminal and civil divisions ...
01, Aug 2014 - Daugaard appoints Seward to state’s Judicial Commission
PIERRE — There is a new member for South Dakota’s official panel that screens applicants and makes recommendations to the governor for appointing circuit judges and state Supreme Court justices.
01, Aug 2014 - Bismarck murder trial begins this week
BISMARCK, N.D - A 20-year-old man is on trial this week in Bismarck for the murder of a man who had recently moved to the area from South Dakota. Joshua Clark is facing a murder conspiracy charge in the May 2013 death of 18-year-old John Swain.
31, Jul 2014 - South Dakota ROTC sergeant pleads not guilty to rape
SPEARFISH - An ROTC sergeant from Black Hills State University entered has pleaded not guilty to forcible rape and furnishing alcohol to a minor. Officials say 39-year-old Cesar Olaso appeared in court on Tuesday.
31, Jul 2014 - Supreme Court overturns Monrose man's DUI charge
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has overturned a drunken driving conviction for a Monrose man who accidently bumped his parked truck into neutral while reaching for a cigarette almo
31, Jul 2014 - Union, SD Union County cold case convicted killer dies in prison
The South Dakota Department of Corrections said James Strahl, 46, passed away at a Sioux Falls hospital July 14 following an extended illness.
31, Jul 2014 - SD man sentenced for scissor attack in ND
A South Dakota man has been sentenced to six years in prison for attacking a female store clerk with a pair of scissors in the southeastern North Dakota city of Wahpeton.
31, Jul 2014 - South Dakota court overturns man's DUI charge
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a drunken driving conviction for a man who accidently bumped his parked truck into neutral while reaching for a cigarette almo
31, Jul 2014 - South Dakota man sentenced for scissor attack in North Dakota
WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - A South Dakota man has been sentenced to six years in prison for attacking a female store clerk with a pair of scissors in the southeastern North Dakota city of Wahpeton.
31, Jul 2014 - Wahpeton man sentenced to six years for assault
Christopher Yellow Earrings, 21, Wahpeton, formerly of Peever, South Dakota, was sentenced in Richland County District Court Wednesday to six years in prison for an attack at the Family Dollar store last year.
30, Jul 2014 - Journalists Subpoenaed in ‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit
Slime me to the moon. Back in March, a South Dakota judge couldn't really find anything frivolous about Beef Product Inc.'s small-nation-GDP-size $1.2 billion lawsuit against ABC News for its 2012 report, which introduced "pink slime" into the lexicon of grocery store shoppers and effectively devastated producers of what's technically known by the less-slimy industry name "lean finely textured ...
30, Jul 2014 - Mobridge Tribune
A Selby man was arrested Tuesday and is facing three counts of rape, according to a news release from South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. Christopher Robert Jansen, 34, has been charged with three counts of first degree rape. First-degree rape is a class C felony and carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. […]
30, Jul 2014 - Man sentenced for heroin possession
A 21-year-old South Dakota man was sentenced Thursday in District Court for a charge stemming from his possession of heroin in November 2013 in Albany County.
30, Jul 2014 - Former SD prosecutor charged with 3 counts of rape
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Attorney General's office says the former Walworth County state's attorney has been arrested and charged with three counts of rape.
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