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State of South Dakota

Methods of Judicial Selection: South Dakota

Judicial Nominating Commissions

In addition to investigating complaints against judges, the judicial qualifications commission recommends to the governor nominees to fill all vacancies on the supreme court and mid-term vacancies on the circuit court. The commission submits at least two names to the governor for each vacancy, and the governor must appoint one of the commission's nominees.

The judicial qualifications commission has seven members. Two circuit court judges are elected by the judicial conference; three lawyers, no more than two of whom may be members of the same political party, are appointed by the president of the State Bar of South Dakota; and two nonlawyers, not of the same political party, are appointed by the governor. Commission members serve four-year terms and may not serve more than two terms.

For more information, see Judicial Merit Selection: Current Status