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Important Court Operations Information for COVID-19

Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in South Dakota and bordering states, Chief Judge Lange has entered the following standing orders:

March 13, 2020 Limited Access to Courthouses Under Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19/Coronavirus (Also see First Amended Standing Order 20-02) Standing Order 20-02
March 17, 2020 Changes to Court Operations Due to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (Also see First Amended Standing Order 20-03) Standing Order 20-03
March 20, 2020 Standing Order 20-04 – Suspending the Policy for Signed Consents to Accompany Defense Motions to Continue Trials in Criminal Cases
March 31, 2020 Standing Order 20-05 – Video Conference Hearings in Cases Due to COVID-19 Response
April 8, 2020 Changes to Court Operations Due Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) First Amended Standing Order 20-03
April 24, 2020 First Amended Standing Order 20-02 – Limited Access to Courthouses Under Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 Virus
May 1, 2020 Standing Order 20-06 – Establishing a Procedure for Compassionate Release Motions Under the First Step Act
May 21, 2020 Standing Order 20-03 Second Amended – Changes to Court Operations due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
May 22, 2020 Standing Order 20-07 – Extending Certain Statutory Deadlines for Administrative and Civil Forfeiture Proceedings
June 29, 2020 Renewed Standing Order 20-05 – Renewed Standing Order 20-05
Video Conference Hearings in Cases Due to COVID-19 Spread
July 21, 2020 Standing Order 20-03 ThirdAmended – Changes to Court Operations due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
July 27, 2020 Standing Order 20-08 Western Division – In the Matter of Scheduling Jury Trials in the Western Division
July 27, 2020 Amended Standing Order 20-08 Western Division – In the Matter of Scheduling Jury Trials in the Western Division
September 18, 2020 Second Amended Standing Order 20-02 – Limited Access to Courthouses Under Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19/Coronavirus
Sept 29, 2020 Second Renewed Standing Order 20-05 – Second Renewed Standing Order 20-05
Oct. 1, 2020 Second Amended Standing Order 20-08 – Renewed Standing Order 20-08
Oct. 21, 2020 Amended Standing Order 20-06 – Amended Standing Order 20-06
Nov. 25, 2020 Fourth Amended Standing Order 20-03 – Suspension of Jury Trials
Jan. 7, 2021 Standing Order 21-01 – Resumption of Jury Proceedings
Jan. 19, 2021 Standing Order 21-02 – Renewed Authorization for Video Hearings CARES ACT
Jan. 22, 2021 Standing Order 21-03 -- Western Division - Suspension of Jury Trials
March 31, 2021 Renewed Standing Order 21-02 – Renewed Authorization for Video Hearings CARES ACT
March 31, 2021 Standing Order 21-06 – ACCESS AND RULES WITHIN COURTHOUSES DUE TO STATUS OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC
For additional information on the impact of COVID-19 and district court operations, please see the following attorney newsletters:
March 18, 2020 Attorney Newsletter Special Edition
April 10, 2020 April 2020 Attorney Newsletter
May 8, 2020 May 2020 Attorney Newsletter