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Brookings County Clerk of Courts
Brookings South Dakota

Brookings County is one of 14 counties in the 3rd Judicial Circuit of the Unified Judicial System of South Dakota. The circuit court is a general trial court with 6 circuit court judges and 1 magistrate judge. Judges’ Gienapp and Foley are chambered in Brookings County. The other counties in the circuit are Beadle, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Miner, Moody, and Sanborn. Compliance with court orders is monitored by a Court Services unit. Administrative direction for the Circuit is provided by a presiding judge and circuit court administrator with offices in Brookings. All staff, including law clerk, court reporters, clerks of court, and court services officers are employees of the State of South Dakota. The State Court Administrator’s office is in Pierre.

Contact Information

Judy Kuhlman, Clerk
Tracie Weldon, Deputy
Roxanne Knapp, Deputy
Anette Beasley, Deputy
Emily Webster, Deputy
Phone: 605-688-4200
Fax: 605-688-4952

Hon. Gregory Stoltenburg
Patty Hartsel, Reporter
Phone: 605-688-5705
Fax: 605-688-4838

Hon. Vincent A. Foley
Jerry Johnson, reporter
Phone: 605-688-4206
Fax: 605-688-4838

Magistrate Carmen Means
Phone: 605-688-4950

Ben Tronnes, Law Clerk
Phone: 605-480-3508

Molly Ramlo, Chief CSO
Dawn Weelborg, CSO
Kisa Opp, CSO
Kris Rivas, Secretary
Phone: 605-688-4208
Fax: 605-688-6737

Address:
314 6th Avenue, Ste 6
Brookings, SD 57006-2085

The FY 2010 work of the court is summarized below:


Criminal cases

Felony cases 94
Class I misdemeanors 567
Class II misdemeanors 3937


Civil cases

Domestic relations 403
Civil cases 463
Appeals 24
Probate cases 140
Juvenile cases 119
Small claims cases 1003
Child support receipts 226
Record search requests 170
Jury Trials 6


BASIC FUNCTIONS OF CLERK’S OFFICE

  • Assist with requests for information on court processes, fees, court dates, forms, options
  • Open new files:assign case numbers, prepare folder, create a Register of Action, collect fees
  • Receipt fines, fees, costs, bail, restitution, child support
  • Maintain a calendar of court dates and action taken in court
  • Support judges in the courtroom
  • Maintain files: update Registers of Action, file papers, store and retrieve records
  • Case management: file status review, issue subpoenas, warrants, writs
  • Summons and qualify jurors, assist judge in juror selection process, authorize payment
  • Lay magistrate functions: perform marriages, set bond, process uncontested matters


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