South Dakota Small Claims Court: An Overview

Learn about South Dakota's small claims court procedure.

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What's the dollar limit for small claims court cases in South Dakota?

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $12,000.

Which court hears small claims cases in South Dakota?

Small claims cases in South Dakota are heard in the Small Claims Procedure (Circuit or Magistrates Court).

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in South Dakota?

You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in South Dakota.

Can a landlord bring an eviction lawsuit 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.

Do I have a right to a jury trial in small claims court in South Dakota?

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.

Where can I get more information about small claims court in South Dakota?

For more information about South Dakota small claims court, see www.sdjudicial.com/downloads/small_claims_brochure.pdf.

Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles and a Small Claims Court FAQ. 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).

Last updated on 10/01/09.

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