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Lake County Clerk of Courts
Madison, South Dakota

Lake 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. Judge Tucker is chambered in Lake County. The other counties in the circuit are Beadle, Brookings, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Jerauld, Kingsbury, 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

Linda Klosterman, Clerk
Sarah Kearin, Deputy
Phone: 605-256-5644
Fax: 605-256-5080

Hon. Tim D. Tucker
Kim Callies, reporter
Phone: 605-256-5285
Fax: 605-256-5012

Court Services
Jason Schneider, CSO
John Tappe, CSO
Samantha Taylor, secretary
Phone: 605-256-5645
Fax: 605-256-5012

Ben Tronnes
Law Clerk
Phone: 605-480-3508
Address:
314 6th Avenue, Ste. 6
Brookings, SD 57006-2085

Hon. Carmen Means, Magistrate
Phone: 605-688-4950
Fax: 605-688-4838
Mailing Address:
314 6th Avenue, Ste 6
Brookings, SD 57006-2085

The FY 2010 work of the court is summarized below:

Criminal cases

Felony cases 50
Class I misdemeanors 237
Class II misdemeanors 1546


Civil cases

Domestic relations 177
Civil cases 272
Appeals 5
Probate cases 60
Juvenile cases 68
Small claims cases 306
Child support receipts 38
Record search requests 154
Jury Trials 2


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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