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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.

March 16, 2022



March 16, 2022


The current term of office of United States Magistrate Veronica L. Duffy, at Sioux Falls...

February 11, 2022

In the December newsletter we advised that we are in the process of updating our local rules of practice. Recently the Court made additional changes to Crim. LR 58.10 and added a new rule regarding court security officer duties: Crim. LR 57.12...

January 24, 2022


The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit seeks applications from highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for...

January 4, 2022

Operations Update: In light of a COVID resurgence in some parts of the state, the Clerk’s Office has reinstalled drop boxes in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City. You may also notice temporary office closures as some of our staff return to...

April 11, 2021

The April 12, 2021 Attorney Newsletter is available here

April 2, 2021

This month's newsletter has IMPORTANT information regarding your CM/ECF account !

April 1, 2021

Judge Lange has renewed Standing Order 21-02 - Renewed Authorization for Video Hearings CARES ACT
It may be viewed here

March 11, 2021

The March 2021 Newsletter has been released and is available here

February 11, 2021

The February Attorney Newsletter is now available here

February 10, 2021

Judge Lange has issued Standing Order 21-04 regarding The Filing of Highly Sensitive Documents.

February 9, 2021

The District of South Dakota is requesting quotations for services (High Speed Internet).
Click here for more details

January 22, 2021

Judge Viken has issued Standing Order 21-03 pertaining to jury proceedings in the WESTERN Division.

January 19, 2021

Judge Lange has issued Standing Order 21-02 Renewed Authorization for Video Hearings CARES ACT.
It may be viewed here

January 8, 2021

The January Attorney Newsletter is now available

January 7, 2021

Standing Order 21-01 regarding Resumption of Jury Proceedings is available here

December 11, 2020

The December 2020 newsletter may be viewed here

November 25, 2020

Judge Lange has issued the Fourth Amended Standing Order in the matter of Changes to Court Operations Due to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

November 13, 2020

The Attorney Newsletter has been published and is available here

October 21, 2020

This Standing Order is to establish a procedure for submission and consideration of
compassionate release motions under the First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(d)(l)(A), in the
wake of the spread of the CO VID-19 vims into the federal...

October 16, 2020

Chief Judge Lange has issued a video commentary on the POWER Act.
It may be viewed here

October 9, 2020

The October Attorney Newsletter has been published and may be viewed here

October 1, 2020

The Judicial Conference of the United Sates has authorized the appointment of a full-time United
States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota.
The details and application are...

October 1, 2020

Judge Viken has issued Western Division Second Amended Standing Order 20-08
In the matter of scheduling jury trials. It may be viewed here