During a joint session of the House and Senate on Wednesday, South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson delivered his State of the Judiciary address. He said past proposals such as a program to attract attorneys to rural areas and an overhaul of the state's criminal justice system approved by lawmakers in 2013 are making a difference in South Dakota. Gilbertson said those changes have kept offenders out of prison and saved the state money.
This year he's backing a proposal to reform the state's juvenile justice system. He says the next major issue addressed by the state’s governor, legislature and court system should be what he calls the “silver tsunami” of elder abuse. Chief Justice Gilbertson joined Dakota Midday and discussed some of the issues covered in Wednesday's address.
You can watch the 2015 State of the Judiciary address here.