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South Dakota Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


South Dakota Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (S.D. Const.)
    See also a “quick-find” function for going directly to an article or a section.
  2. Bills

    See also links to bills in special sessions as well as the South Dakota Legislative Research Council web site.
  3. Laws of South Dakota (S.D. Laws)
  4. South Dakota Codified Laws (S.D. Codified Laws)
    See also a “quick-find” function for going directly to a chapter or section.


South Dakota Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure
  2. Supreme Court Rules
  3. U.S. District Court Rules (D.S.D. R.)
  4. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Rules (D.S.D. Bankr. R.)


South Dakota Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    1. Administrative Rules of South Dakota (S.D. Admin. R.)
    2. South Dakota Register (S.D. Reg.)

  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. Attorney General Opinions (Ops. S.D. Att’y Gen.)
  4. Public Utility Commission Orders
  5. Additional Resources
    Environmental Regulations and Permit Procedures … [Environment & Natural Resources Dep't]


South Dakota Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
  • Sterling Codifiers
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    South Dakota Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all South Dakota law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.


    Other South Dakota Commentary

    1. Doing Business in South Dakota. Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. … [Lex Mundi]


    South Dakota Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    South Dakota Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites


    South Dakota Forms

    1. Revenue Department: Tax Forms

    2. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.

    3. U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Forms


    Other South Dakota Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations
    4. State Bar of South Dakota
    5. South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    6. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    7. South Dakota Bar Admission
    8. University of South Dakota School of Law


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. University of South Dakota: McKusick Law Library
      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).

    2. South Dakota Judicial System
    3. Small Claims Procedures
    4. Visitation Guidelines
    5. State Bar of South Dakota Pamphlets

    6. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for South Dakota Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of South Dakota law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in South Dakota.

    7. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. South Dakota Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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