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Lake 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. Lake 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, Hand, Jerauld, Kingsbury, 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

Lake County Courthouse
200 E. Center Street
Madison, SD 57042

CLERK OF COURT:
Linda Klosterman, Clerk
Sarah Kearin, Deputy
Phone: 605-256-5644
Fax: 605-256-5080
Email: linda.klosterman@ujs.state.sd.us

JUDICIAL STAFF:
Hon. Patrick T. Pardy
Kim Callies, Reporter
Phone: 605-256-5285
Fax: 605-256-5012

Hon. Chris S. Guiles, Magistrate
Tracie Weldon, Recorder
Phone: 605-688-4950
Fax: 605-688-4838

COURT SERVICES:
Jason Schneider, CSO
John Tappe, CSO
Samantha Taylor, Secretary
Phone: 605-256-5645
Fax: 605-256-5012

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




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