South Dakota Circuit Courts
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There are seven judicial circuits and 38 circuit judges, who are elected by the voters of the district in non-partisan elections to eight-year terms or appointed by the Governor. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Dakota appoints one judge in each circuit to act as the presiding circuit judge. Presiding judges supervise and administer operations within each circuits.
They have exclusive jurisdiction in trials concerning felony cases, civil cases with an amount in controversy in excess of $10,000, as well as appellate jurisdiction over appeals from the magistrate court.