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 Official Opinions
View South Dakota Attorney General 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 and family court, misdemeanors, adult criminal court, how to get your license back, and representing yourself 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.
Crime Victim Assistance
The South Dakota Department of Social Services provides assistance to victims of crime through its Victims Services Program. Resources offered include shelter and temporary housing, legal advocacy, crisis counseling, compensation, and financial grant information.
Drug Treatment Court Information
View information about the South Dakota Drug, DUI, and Veterans Courts, alternative courts for non-violent, adult felony offenders affected by addiction. A map of court locations is included.
Instructions for filing a motion to expunge (seal) a criminal record in South Dakota courts are provided.
Foreclosure Prevention Assistance
South Dakota offers foreclosure prevention assistance from local housing counseling agencies, legal service providers, and the State Bar Association.
Legal Information for Seniors
The South Dakota Attorney General's Office provides information to seniors about legal issues, including elder abuse, health care, estate planning, and benefits. Links to additional online resources and alerts about consumer fraud and financial scams are also available.
The South Dakota State Bar offers self-help brochures on a variety of legal topics, including health care, wills, trusts, elder and juvenile law, employment, property, protection orders, and family law.
The South Dakota Unified Judicial System offers a detailed guide on representing yourself in South Dakota courts.
South Dakota Constitution and Statutes
To view the South Dakota Constitution and Codified Laws, click on the "Laws" tab on the menu bar, then select a source from the pull-down menu. Search by number, keyword, or browse the table of contents.
South Dakota Court Information
View a brochure that explains the South Dakota court system, personnel, and judicial procedures.
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, with links to online manuals, applications and forms, and answers to frequently asked questions.
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 filing complaints, fraud prevention, alerts about current scams, and downloadable complaint forms.
South Dakota Low-income Legal Assistance
The State Bar of South Dakota's Access to Justice programs provide free and reduced-fee civil legal services to low-income residents.
State Bar Lawyer Referral and Information
The South Dakota Lawyer Referral Service provides a reasonably priced half-hour consultation with an attorney familiar with your type of legal issue. Lawyers and law firms that participate in this service provide their contact information and the types of cases they handle. You may also search for an attorney by name or firm name.
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.
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.