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Hand County Court System

Under supervision of the Chief Justice, who is the administrative head of the Unified Judicial System, the State Court Administrator is the non-judicial officer who implements the rules and policies of the Supreme Court as they apply to the operations and administration of the courts and is the liaison between the judicial branch and the other branches of state and local government. To ensure efficient and responsive operation, the State Court Administrator’s Office provides centralized administrative assistance and support services to the entire Unified Judicial System, which is composed of 7 Judicial Circuits. Hand County is part of the 3rd Judicial Circuit which is made up of fourteen counties. Those other counties are: Beadle, Brookings, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Miner, Moody, and Sanborn. The 3rd Circuit Courts are general trial courts with 6 Circuit Court Judges and 2 Magistrate Judges. Administrative direction for the Circuit is provided by a Presiding Judge and Circuit Court Administrator, whom both office out of Brookings. All the court staff including Magistrate Judges, Court Reporters, Clerks of Court, and Court Services Officers are employees of the State of South Dakota.

Contact Information

Hand County Courthouse
451 West 1st Ave. #11
Miller, SD 57362

CLERK OF COURT:
Marla Bertsch, Clerk
Andrea Mushitz, Deputy
Phone: 605-853-3337
Fax: 605-853-3779
Email: marla.bertsch@ujs.state.sd.us

COURT SERVICES:
Jill Nihart, CSO
Phone: 605-353-7161
Fax: 605-353-7335

JUDICIAL STAFF:
Hon. Jon R. Erickson
Marie Fawcett, Reporter
Phone: 605-353-7174
Fax: 605-353-7306





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