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South Dakota Unified Judicial System Issues FY2023 Annual Report

PIERRE, S.D.—The South Dakota Unified Judicial System has issued its FY2023 Annual Report, which encompasses the work of the South Dakota Supreme Court, circuit courts, magistrate courts and the State Court Administrator’s Office between July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

The Supreme Court is the state’s highest court and final decision maker on South Dakota law. The circuit courts, which includes the magistrate courts, are the state’s trial courts where criminal proceedings and civil litigation are handled. The State Court Administrator’s Office provides centralized administrative assistance and support services for the South Dakota judiciary.

“While this Annual Report distills 12 months of court activity into pages of tables and graphs, it is not done so without a recognition as to what this report truly represents. Each number signifies a person and how the South Dakota court system directly impacted that person’s life,” said South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven R. Jensen. “The Unified Judicial System and its judicial officers and employees strive to ensure the fair and impartial administration of the law in every matter that comes before us.”

The FY2023 Annual Report can be viewed at https://ujs.sd.gov/uploads/pubs/UJSFY2023AnnualReport.pdf.

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