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
29, Jan 2015 - Judge Rules South Dakota’s Voter-Approved Marriage Amendment Unconstitutional
PIERRE, S.D. – A federal judge in South Dakota has struck down the state’s voter-approved marriage amendment which enshrines marriages as being solely between a man and a woman, opining that the law is unconstitutional because it excludes homosexuals from having the same opportunity. “Plaintiffs have a fundamental right to marry,” wrote Judge Karen Schreier, […]
29, Jan 2015 - Missing minimum-security inmate from Sioux Falls arrested
A state prison inmate who walked away from the minimum-security unit at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls is back in custody.
29, Jan 2015 - South Dakota’s Gay-Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional
South Dakota’s ban on gay marriage -- one of only 14 state prohibitions still in effect -- violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge ruled as the dispute inches toward a possible finale at the U.S. Supreme Court.
28, Jan 2015 - Federal trial delayed for former Walworth County prosecutor
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Trial in federal court has been delayed for a former South Dakota county prosecutor accused of child rape.
28, Jan 2015 - A look at what's next after SD gay marriage ban struck down
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge in South Dakota has ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, but the decision doesn't mean gay couples can immediately wed.
28, Jan 2015 - South Dakota Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional; Same-Sex Couples Compared to Mixed-Race Coupl
A judge in South Dakota ruled the state constitution's definition of marriage is unconstitutional because it does not allow same-sex couples to marry.
28, Jan 2015 - Day, SD College athletes ran tax-refund fraud scheme, netted $400K
He wore a hoodie and a stocking cap as he made multiple trips to an ATM on a warm day in April 2012, cutting a suspicious enough figure that a concerned citizen tipped off police in the college town. Using surveillance video, they discovered a cornerback for the University of South Dakota's football team was using a preloaded debit card that had been issued for a tax refund.
28, Jan 2015 - Ex-South Dakota football player gets 5 years in scheme
A former University of South Dakota football player who recruited student-athletes, his girlfriend and others to defraud the IRS was sentenced Monday to more than five years in prison.
28, Jan 2015 - GovBeat: Judge strikes down South Dakota gay marriage ban
The decision will be appealed to the Eighth Circuit, one of just four circuit courts that have yet to rule on gay marriage.
28, Jan 2015 - Belle Fourche, SD State will not purse second trial of man in fatal 2000 crash
South Dakota will not pursue a second trial for a Belle Fourche man originally sentenced to serve 25 years in prison for a fatal accident more than 14 years ago, Attorney General Marty Jackley said We
27, Jan 2015 - Citibank's Case Heads to the South Dakota Supreme Court
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Citibank's efforts to reclaim $30 million in overpaid taxes to the state have reached the South Dakota Supreme Court. Justices heard oral arguments in the appeal Wednesday at the Capitol.
27, Jan 2015 - Judge rules SD same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday declared South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but marriage licenses won't be immediately issued because the ruling was put on hold pending a potential appeal.
27, Jan 2015 - South Dakota medicine man charged with rape dies before trial
(c) 2015, The Washington Post. A well-known South Dakota medicine man who had been charged with abusing and raping at least six girls on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation died in prison Tuesday night, according to law enforcement officials.
27, Jan 2015 - Yankton, SD American Indians carry torch to stop Keystone XL
PIERRE, S.D. - Native American and other interveners in South Dakota’s process for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL Pipeline permit in the Great Sioux Nation were left to carry the torch of opposition on Jan. 9, when the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to force federal approval and the Nebraska Supreme Court okayed the contested tar-sands crude-oil route through the neighboring state.
27, Jan 2015 - Judge rules SD same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri Ne
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge on Monday declared South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but marriage licenses won't be immediately issued because the ruling was put on hold pending a potential appeal.
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