South Dakota

South Dakota in the United States

Legal Materials

Internet links to South Dakota government agencies statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by FindLaw and Washlaw Web. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis, Westlaw and LOIS. Google Scholar has free cases back to 1950; subscription sites Versuslaw and Fastcase also have cases back to 1950.

To check on the status of a pending bill, call the Legislative Research Counsel at 605-773-3251.

The South Dakota Legal Research Guide (W.S. Hein & Co.) discusses South Dakota legal resourses, but check to see if the edition is current enough for your purposes.

For questions about South Dakota legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling the University of South Dakota’s Law Library (605-677-5259).

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Primary Law

For more U.S. state primary law resources, see:

Topics Covered by the South Dakota Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the South Dakota jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together South Dakota statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • South Dakota Statutes
  • SD Cases & Case Law
  • South Dakota Legal Websites
  • SD State Government Info
  • South Dakota Counties
  • South Dakota Cities
  • South Dakota Legislation
  • SD Court Reporters/Depositions
  • South Dakota Legal Forms
  • South Dakota Courts
  • SD State Bar/Legal Associations
  • South Dakota Law Enforcement
  • South Dakota Media Sources


See Also

South Dakota: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about South Dakota. This part provides references, in relation to South Dakota, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about South Dakota by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about South Dakota and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about South Dakota or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to South Dakota and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting South Dakota. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about South Dakota should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to South Dakota when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

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