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, http://www.sdjudicial.com/, 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 http://www.sdjudicial.com/courtinfo/cricivrecords.aspx 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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05, Mar 2015 - Day, SD Guilty verdict rendered in Maegan Spindler death case
Ronald Raymond Fischer Jr., the man arrested and charged with the death of Cazenovia resident Maegan Spinder in South Dakota in July 2013, has been found guilty by a South Dakota Circuit Court judge of multiple charges related to the incident, including two felony counts of vehicular homicide.
05, Mar 2015 - Minnehaha, SD SD's US attorney to resign, join firm with ND's prosecutor
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's top federal prosecutor is joining his North Dakota counterpart in leaving those posts and opening local offices for a large law firm known for winning big settlements in high-profile litigation.
05, Mar 2015 - Sioux Falls, SD APNewsBreak: SD US attorney to resign, work for private firm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. attorney for South Dakota plans to resign and open an office in Sioux Falls for a private law firm that has also hired North Dakota's U.S. attorney, a person with kno
05, Mar 2015 - South Dakota woman gets 22 years prison in Lame Deer murder
Editors Note Updates with details from court documents, background on case. BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) _ A South Dakota woman was sentenced Thursday to 22 years in federal prison for the 2013 murder of a woman on Montana's Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.
05, Mar 2015 - Bill passes to ease expungement of arrests
PIERRE | The state House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Thursday to change a South Dakota law to make it easier for judges to expunge the arrest records of people who were not convicted.
05, Mar 2015 - Sioux Falls, SD South Dakota's U.S. attorney to resign, work for Minneapolis law firm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The U.S. attorney for South Dakota plans to resign and open an office in Sioux Falls for a private law firm that has also hired North Dakota's U.S. attorney, a person with knowledge of the moves told The Associated Press late Tuesday.
05, Mar 2015 - US federal appeals court to hear 3 more gay marriage cases
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (AP) " A U.S. federal appeals court has agreed to hear arguments from three more states defending gay marriage bans.The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday granted a request to consider an appeal...
05, Mar 2015 - Minnehaha, SD SD's US attorney to resign, join firm with ND's prosecutor - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's top federal prosecutor is joining his North Dakota counterpart in leaving those posts and opening local offices for a large law firm known for winning big settlements in high-profile litigation.
04, Mar 2015 - Marty, SD South Dakota AG reacts to ruling to block immigration order
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says it's time for a "meaningful discussion" about immigration reform in Washington following a federal court ruling that blocks an exec
03, Mar 2015 - Judge allows SD museum to print ads to find guitar donor
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge has allowed a South Dakota museum to begin to print ads in a Tennessee newspaper in hopes of finding the donor of a guitar played by Elvis Presley that's now t
03, Mar 2015 - US Supreme Court rejects appeal by death row inmate Berget
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal by Rodney Berget, who is on death row for his role in killing a South Dakota Penitentiary guard during an escape attempt about four years ago.
03, Mar 2015 - Death Penalty Stands for Convicted Murderer of State Prison Guard
A South Dakota death penalty sentence stands.
03, Mar 2015 - Federal court affirms Utah man's wind farm fraud convictions
A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a Utah man who defrauded investors nationwide of more than $4.4 million by promoting investment in nonexistent wind farms in Wyoming and South Dakota.
02, Mar 2015 - Litschewski freed on appeal, then taken back to prison
A Mobridge resident convicted of three counts of rape and sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 will have to wait a little longer for his freedom after the State of South Dakota appealed his release from prison. Richard (Dick) Litschewski has been serving a 27 1/2 year sentence after being found […]
02, Mar 2015 - Minneapolis attorney asks S.D. judge to allow gay marriages immediately
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A lawyer representing six South Dakota couples challenging the state's ban on gay marriage has asked a judge who declared it unconstitutional to let her ruling take effect immediately and allow same-sex weddings in the state.
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