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
30, 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.
30, Oct 2014 - DOJ wants local man to stop selling laser medical devices
The Department of Justice is seeking a federal injunction to stop a retired Rapid City dentist from selling low-level laser devices for home use. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota.
30, Oct 2014 - Brule, SD SD man who set tribal building on fire sentenced
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A central South Dakota man has been sentenced to prison for setting a tribal building on fire.
30, 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.
30, Oct 2014 - Lame Deer murder trial set to start Monday for one defendant
A jury trial for a South Dakota woman accused in the murder last year of a Lame Deer woman, whose body was found in a ditch near the rodeo grounds, is set to begin in U.S. District Court in Billings on Monday. A co-defendant is expected to admit charges on Friday.
29, Oct 2014 - Man gets 51 months for minor sex abuse
A federal judge sentenced McLaughlin, South Dakota, man Peter Spotted Horse, 60, to 51 months in prison for sexually abusing a minor.
29, Oct 2014 - Man sentenced for pushing woman out Chicago window
A South Dakota man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for pushing a woman out of a third-story window in Chicago and killing her. The Chicago Sun-Times reports 31-year-old Daniel Neasom was sentenced Thursday in Cook County court for the death of 39-year-old Cynthia Barnes.
29, Oct 2014 - South Dakota man sentenced for child sex abuse
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a South Dakota man has been sentenced in federal court in North Dakota for abusive sexual contact with a minor.
28, Oct 2014 - Roberts, SD 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.
28, 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
28, Oct 2014 - Walworth, SD Former pastor pleads not guilty to 2008 sex crime
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A former South Dakota pastor and educator accused of having sexual contact with a minor six years ago has pleaded not guilty.
28, 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
28, 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.
27, 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
27, Oct 2014 - Jackson, SD Mental health crisis part 2: Jails strained by rising costs and psychiatric needs
Editor's note: This is part two of a three-part series on how South Dakota incarcerates mentally ill patients its jails.
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