David Gilbertson

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The Honorable
David Gilbertson
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Gilbertson in 2014
Chief Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court
Assumed office
Nominated by Governor Bill Janklow
Personal details
Born (1949-10-29) October 29, 1949 (age 65)
Sisseton, South Dakota
Spouse(s) Deborah Gilbertson
Children 4 children
Alma mater South Dakota State University
University of South Dakota School of Law

David Gilbertson (born October 29, 1949[1]) is chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court.[1]


Gilbertson attended South Dakota State University, graduating in 1972 with a B.S. in Geography.[1] He then graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1975.[1]


Gilbertson established a private practice in Sisseton, South Dakota and simultaneously served as Roberts County Deputy State's Attorney and City Attorney for Sisseton. In 1986 Governor Bill Janklow appointed him circuit judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Janklow appointed Gilbertson an Associate Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court April 3, 1995. When Chief Justice Robert A. Miller retired in 2001, Gilbertson was elected chief justice of the court. In 2009 Gilbertson was reelected to his third 4-year term as chief justice.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "South Dakota Unified Judicial System". Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2009-02-16.