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News & Announcements

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

December 15, 2014

CM/ECF has been upgraded to Version 6.1.

Click here for more information on the features included in the new upgrade, including Mobile Query.
The mobile PACER Case...

October 9, 2014


Beginning Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Probation Office will start filing Presentence Reports (PSRs) and...

October 6, 2014

A Merit Selection Panel is appointed to assist the United States District Judges in their selection of a new part-time magistrate judge residing in the Western Division. Please click here to...

August 5, 2014

The judges of the United States District Court for South Dakota have selected the Honorable Veronica Duffy to succeed the Honorable John Simko as the full time magistrate judge in Sioux Falls.
Judge Duffy has served as the half time...

July 30, 2014

There is another Juror scam where people receive a bogus email asking them to fill out an online form.
The form asks for your personal information including social security number in what is believed to be an attempt at identity theft....

May 16, 2014

This newsletter focuses on technical issues that frequently arise. Please feel free to share this information with your staff, especially if they file in CM/ECF.

OCR FUNCTIONALITY: All documents filed in CM/ECF must...

December 11, 2013

United States District Court for South Dakota
Newsletter December 11, 2012
The Court periodically reviews its local rules and proposes revisions. The latest proposals to the civil and criminal local rules are posted on the Courts...

November 25, 2013

NEW LOCAL RULES: The Civil and Criminal Local Rules of Practice have been updated and are now available on our website. Among other changes, D.S.D. Civ. LR 5.1 (2) and D.S.D. Crim. LR 49.1 eliminate the need to file a separate certificate of...

August 20, 2013

WARNING: Bogus Phone Calls on Jury Service May Lead to Fraud
In various parts of the United States, citizens are being targeted by phone calls and threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state...

February 14, 2013

February 14, 2013
SEALED ORDERS IN NON-SEALED CASES: Confusion persists about who gets copies of sealed orders. When a sealed order is entered in a non-sealed case, attorneys for all parties receive a...

June 1, 2012

WI-FI Access in the District of South Dakota

We are pleased to announce that we can now provide WI-FI access to lawyers and their staff in the Rapid City and Sioux Falls Courthouses. The access in Sioux Falls and Rapid City should provide...

May 2, 2012

Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference
August 8 - 10, 2012 Kansas City, Missouri
Landmark Litigation in the Eighth Circuit Courts:
Views from the Bench, Bar and Academy
Registration is now open. You may register for the...

March 28, 2012

NEW FILING/PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR NOTICES OF APPEAL: Beginning Monday, April 2, 2012, attorneys will be required to electronically file civil Notices of Appeal and pay the $455 appellate filing fee via the Internet using a credit card. Until...

December 21, 2011


I previously addressed motions to seal and protective orders. In this issue, I will address how to file documents and attachments containing personal identifiers or information subject to a protective order (...

November 15, 2011

UNNECESSARY FILINGS: The judges have asked us to look at ways to reduce unnecessary filings. Effective, November 19, 2011, the civil Notice to Take Deposition event will be disabled. If you attempt to use this event, you will receive the...

September 26, 2011

NEW FILING/PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR PHV MOTIONS: Beginning on October 1, attorneys who electronically file a civil Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice will be required to pay the $100 application fee using a credit card. When filing the motion,...