Courts in South Dakota
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The Courts in South Dakota include the state court system and two federal courts.
The state's circuit courts are divided into seven judicial circuits. Circuit courts are general jurisdiction trial courts. 
Courts of limited jurisdiction
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.
Appeals from these two federal courts go to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.