Searching Case Records
Court Case Records
View information on how to obtain civil and criminal records. This is a fee-based service; online searching is not available except for civil money judgments.
Search Civil Judgments
Search the South Dakota Unified Judicial System's civil money judgment database on a pay-as-you-go system or by subscription. Registration is free.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Daily Court Calendars
Search the current day's court calendars for South Dakota Circuit and Magistrate Courts by time and county.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Legal Opinions
View South Dakota Attorney General legal opinions from 1968 to current.
Self help, legal research, general information
5th Judicial Circuit Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about court procedures in Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Marshall, McPherson, Roberts, Spink, and Walworth Counties.
5th Judicial Circuit Procedures
View information about local procedures for weddings, small claims, juvenile court, misdemeanors, adult criminal court, family court, how to get your license back, and representing yourself in courts in Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Marshall, McPherson, Roberts, Spink, and Walworth Counties.
Child Abuse and Neglect
View the South Dakota Guide to Child Abuse and Neglect Cases.
Child Support Services
The South Dakota Department of Social Services offers information and services related to child support, including making or changing a child support order, paternity, locating an absent parent, and child support enforcement.
View a brochure that explains the South Dakota court system, personnel, and procedures.
Drug Court Information
View information about the South Dakota Drug, DUI/DWI, and Veterans Courts, alternative courts for non-violent, adult felony offenders affected by addiction. A map of court locations is included.
View instructions for filing a motion for expungement of a criminal record in South Dakota courts.
Find Legal Information
View South Dakota legal information topics including adoption, family law, employment, guardianship, mental health commitments, probate, housing, small claims, consumer, garnishment, and Tribal issues.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in South Dakota, including local housing counseling agencies, state laws, and a link to legal aid providers.
Legal Information for Seniors
The South Dakota Attorney General's Office offers information for seniors about legal issues including abuse, health care, estate planning, and benefits. Links to additional online resources and tips about scams are also available.
View South Dakota State Bar self-help pamphlets on a variety of legal issues including health care, wills, probate, trusts, elder law, employment, property, protection orders, family law, use of attorneys, and more.
View a brochure on representing yourself in South Dakota courts.
South Dakota Constitution, Laws, and Court Rules
Search the South Dakota Constitution and Codified Laws by number or keyword, or browse the table of contents. Court Rules are included in the Codified Laws.
Spink County Teen Court
View information about Spink County Teen Court, an alternative court for young offenders.
Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety offers information about motor vehicle laws, registration, and driver licenses, including answers to frequently asked questions and online manuals.
View information about the South Dakota Crime Victims' Compensation Program and other resources for crime victims. Additional links are at the top of the right column.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Complaints about Attorneys
Information about how to file a complaint about attorney misconduct with the Disciplinary Board of the State Bar of South Dakota.
The South Dakota Attorney General's Office offers information about its consumer protection services, with instructions for handling complaints, tips about types of scams, and online and downloadable complaint forms.
Find Free Legal Assistance
View a list of organizations offering free and low-cost legal services, or click the map to find legal service providers by location. Click the FAQs link in the top menu bar for answers to frequently asked questions about legal services.
Public Defender Offices
View contact information for South Dakota Public Defender offices.
State Bar Directory
View a list of State Bar of South Dakota member lawyers and law firms with contact information and types of cases handled.
The State Bar of South Dakota's Access to Justice programs provide free and reduced-fee civil legal services to low-income residents.
Forms and related information
Online Court Forms and Instructions
View and download South Dakota court forms including civil filing statement, confidential information, domestic protection order, stalking protection order, record search request, name change, and a variety of divorce and child support forms. Instructions for some forms and a toll-free help line for assistance with forms are also available.
Download an application, supporting forms, and instructions to request a pardon and other types of executive clemency for criminal offenses in South Dakota.
Protection Order System
View information about the South Dakota online Protection Order System, which allows the public to fill out and print protection order forms before coming to court. A link to the online form process is included.
Online fine payments
Pay South Dakota Traffic Tickets
At present, South Dakota does not offer online traffic ticket payment options. Payments must be mailed to the appropriate clerk of court, listed here.