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Miner County Clerk of Courts
Howard, South Dakota

Miner 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 Gienapp serves in Miner County. The other counties in the circuit are Beadle, Brookings, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, 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

Diane Keimig, Clerk
Mary Johnson, Deputy
Phone: 605-772-4612
Fax: 605-772-4412

Address:
P O Box 265
Howard, SD 57349

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

Address:
314 6th Avenue, Suite 6
Brookings, SD 57006-2085
Court Services
Jason Schneider, CSO
Phone: 605-256-5645
Fax: 605-256-5012

Street Address:
200 East Center Street
Madison, SD 57042

The FY 2010 work of the court is summarized below:

Criminal cases

Felony cases 6
Class I misdemeanors 13
Class II misdemeanors 223


Civil cases

Domestic relations 28
Civil cases 43
Appeals 1
Probate cases 12
Juvenile cases 12
Small claims cases 87
Child support receipts 15
Record search requests 9194
Jury Trials 0


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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