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Sixth Judicial Circuit




The Sixth Judicial Circuit Court is served by four circuit court judges, one magistrate judge, and court clerk magistrates serving each county in the circuit. Assisting the presiding judge is an appointed circuit court administrator and a chief court services officer. Circuit administrative offices are located in the Hughes County Courthouse, 104 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD.

Hon. John L. Brown, Presiding Judge
104 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

Mona Weiger, Court Reporter - Ph. 605-773-3971

Circuit Court Administration Office
Heather Covey, Circuit Administrator

Cheryl Nincehelser, Circuit Assistant
104 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Ph. 605-773-3712 Fax 605-773-6492


Hon. Mark Barnett
Circuit Court Judge
P.O. Box 1238
Pierre, SD 57501-1238

Jessica Paulsen, Court Reporter
Ph. 605-773-8227
Hon. Patricia J. DeVaney
Circuit Court Judge
104 East Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 1238
Pierre, SD 57501
Ph. 605-773-8228

Anuar Meza, Court Reporter
Ph. 605-773-4015

Hon. Leo Disburg
Magistrate Judge
P.O. Box 758
Ft. Pierre, SD 57532
Ph. 605-223-7613
Hon. Bobbi J. Rank
Circuit Court Judge
P.O. Box 311
Winner, SD 57580
Ph. 605-842-2266

Ed Migley, Court Reporter
Ph. 605-842-3552

Kelsey Weber
Sixth Circuit Law Clerk
P.O. Box 1238
Pierre, SD 57501
Ph. 605-773-3974
LeAnn Birkeland
Chief Court Services Officer
P.O. Box 448
Murdo, SD 57559
Ph. 605-669-2152

The Sixth Judicial Circuit...

  • handles about 12,000 cases per year (state fiscal year 2012). Of those, about 9,000 are minor, traffic, and criminal cases, and about 3,000 are civil, small claims, domestic and others.
  • employs over 50 people to serve the public, including judges, court clerks, court services (probation) staff, court reporters, court administration staff, bailiffs, and a law clerk.
  • collected about $2.6 million in fines, fees, deposits, and other costs, and disbursed about $2.7 million to the State, counties, victims, and other recipients in Fiscal Year 2012.
  • has a state operating budget of about $3.08 million in FY2013.


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