The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $12,000.
Small claims cases in South Dakota are heard in the Small Claims Procedure (Circuit or Magistrates Court).
For information on South Dakota's statute of limitation periods for claims related to written contracts, oral contracts, injuries, and property damage, see Nolo's 50-state Statutes of Limitations chart.
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in South Dakota.
Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in South Dakota, but must be heard by a higher court.
In South Dakota, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court. The defendant may however apply for a transfer to circuit court five days before the trial date.
For more information about South Dakota small claims court, see http://ujs.sd.gov/Small_Claims/.
Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).
Updated: October 1, 2015