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, Apr 2015 - Federal judge: State custody proceedings violated Native American rights
A federal court order will dramatically change how South Dakota officials handle Native American child-custody cases in every courtroom in the state, according to Rapid City attorney Dana Hanna.
31, Mar 2015 - Judge: South Dakota violated Native American families' rights
Two of South Dakota's largest tribes won a sweeping victory in federal court that could reverberate for tribes across the country.
31, Mar 2015 - High court hears reporter plea for Benda's death records
In this 2007 file photo, South Dakota Tourism and State Development Secretary Richard Benda speaks at a news conference in Elk Point.
31, Mar 2015 - Federal Judge Says South Dakota Officials Violated Native American Families' Rights
Two of the state's largest tribes win class action lawsuit alleging that the state routinely put their children in foster care without due process
31, Mar 2015 - Native American Tribes Win Child Welfare Case In South Dakota
A federal court ruled Tuesday in summary judgment that the state of South Dakota has routinely violated federal law by taking Native American children from their families and tribes.
31, Mar 2015 - South Dakota's acting US Attorney names new tribal liaison
South Dakota's acting U.S. attorney has named a new tribal liaison to work with the state's nine Indian tribes.
31, Mar 2015 - Day, SD Man convicted of Maegan Spindler death sentenced to more than 30 years in prison
Ronald Raymond Fischer Jr., the man convicted in February of the 2013 death of Cazenovia resident Maegan Spinder, was sentenced to more than 30 years in South Dakota state prison this week — the maximum sentence possible for his two felony counts of vehicular homicide.
30, Mar 2015 - Tall players sprouting up on South Dakota basketball teams
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Boys basketball teams at high schools across South Dakota are boasting players who bring sizeable advantages to the court. Data from the South Dakota High School Activities Association shows 57 players who stand at least 6-foot-6 are listed on rosters this season. Twenty of those players ...
30, Mar 2015 - Utah men caught with 38 pounds of pot in South Dakota sentenced
Two Utah men caught in South Dakota with 38 pounds of marijuana have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.
30, Mar 2015 - Utah men caught with 38 lbs of pot in South Dakota sentenced
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Two Utah men caught in South Dakota with 38 pounds of marijuana have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.
30, Mar 2015 - SD high court hears reporter plea for Benda’s death records
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota journalist argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday that the death records of former state economic development director Richard Benda should be released wit
30, Mar 2015 - South Dakotans believe polygamist group wants to expand
The brother of an imprisoned leader of a polygamous sect wants to double the amount of water available to the group's compound in South Dakota, prompting concern by neighbors and law enforcement about a possible influx...
30, Mar 2015 - Jury Rules Against Vern Traversie; ‘A Victory In Itself’ He Says
On Friday, March 27, a jury in the U.S. District Court of South Dakota ruled against Vern R....
29, Mar 2015 - NIT 2015: Friday's 2nd-Round Scores, Updated Bracket and Saturday Schedule
While most of the college basketball fans across the country were busy soaking up the madness of the NCAA tournament from afternoon until the wee hours of the morning, Vanderbilt flexed its muscles in the NIT against an overmatched South Dakota State squad. The Commodores capitalized on their home-court advantage and advanced into the third round of the NIT. They are now one win away from a ...
29, Mar 2015 - 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 executive order on immigration. A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked executive orders Tuesday that would have shielded from deportation ...
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