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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.

May 2, 2023

Looking to Pay a Violation Notice Received on Federal Property?

If you have received a violation notice (ticket) for an offense committed on federal property (e.g., on a military base, national park, federal building, etc.), use the...

March 8, 2023

The Civil and Criminal Local Rules of Practice have been updated. Chief Judge Lange has prepared a memorandum explaining the rule changes.

Local Rules and Orders

December 27, 2022

Monday, January 02 - New Year’s Day
Monday, January 16 - Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 20 - Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day
Monday, June 19 - Juneteenth National...

June 10, 2022

Chief Judge Lange has entered another standing order renewing authorization for video hearings for changes of plea and sentencing hearings if a defendant consents. Amended Standing Order 22-03 authorizes the use of video conferences through...

June 1, 2022

New Local Rules. The Civil and Criminal Local Rules of Practice have been updated and are now available in a new format. Although you can still download complete copies of each set of the local rules, they are now available individually as well....

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...