South Dakota Legislative Year in Review: modification to merit selection panel


HB 1072 Repeals certain provisions providing a criminal penalty for a political party to endorse or nominate a judicial candidate.

SB 70 Requires each magistrate and circuit judge complete training on evidence-based practices, including the use of validated risk and needs assessments and behavioral health assessments in decision making. Training levels/forms to be determined by Chief Justice. Authorizes creation of veterans HOPE Courts.

SB 198 Provides governor’s 2 picks to Judicial Qualifications Commission can be anyone (currently cannot be judges, retired judges, or attorneys). Provides 2 seats designated for attorneys chosen by state bar to be chosen by bar commissioners (currently selected by bar president).