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Comments Sought for Reappointment of Incumbent Magistrate Judge

Wednesday, March 16, 2022



March 16, 2022


The current term of office of United States Magistrate Veronica L. Duffy, at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, expires on October 15, 2022. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of Magistrate Judge Duffy to a new eight-year term.

The duties of a magistrate judge in this court include the following: 

(1) conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge; and (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.

Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court. Please mail comments by May 14, 2022, to:


Matthew W. Thelen,

Clerk of Court

United States District Court

400 South Phillips Ave.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104