State of Judiciary

Attorney General Marty Jackley says he wants legislation designed to restrict the supply of methamphetamine in South Dakota.  Jackley says there's a nationwide meth epidemic, and South Dakota lawmakers have a chance to lessen its effects in the state. 

South Dakota’s State Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson is pointing to the success of drug courts in reducing recidivism.  During his annual State of the Judiciary speech, Gilbertson called for similar courts for veterans and mental health.

The Chief Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court says challenges in the state’s judicial system are substantial, but not insurmountable.


South Dakota’s courts will see an initial surge in cases if the legislature approves a packet of bills to revamp handling of nonviolent felons. In his State of the Judiciary address before the state legislature on Wednesday, Chief Justice David Gilbertson urged support of the proposed laws, saying ultimately the plan will save the state money while improving lives. After the address, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks spoke with the Chief Justice for today’s Dakota Digest.