Courts in South Dakota

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The Courts in South Dakota include the state court system and two federal courts.

The structure of South Dakota's state court system.

Appellate Courts

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South Dakota Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the court of last resort. It is also in charge of administration of the court system. [1]

Trial Courts

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South Dakota Circuit Courts

The state's circuit courts are divided into seven judicial circuits. Circuit courts are general jurisdiction trial courts. [1]

Courts of limited jurisdiction

South Dakota Magistrate Courts

The magistrate courts assist the circuit courts in processing minor cases and actions, such as setting bail, performing marriages, issuing warrants and hearing small claims actions, among others. These courts have lay magistrates or magistrate judges. Magistrate courts may also conduct preliminary hearings and try civil cases where the amount in controversy is less than $10,000.[1]

Federal courts

There are two federal courts in South Dakota, the District of South Dakota and the District of South Dakota Bankruptcy Court.[2]

Appeals from these two federal courts go to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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