What follows is a brief but informative summary of rules, procedures, and filings requirements for small claims court in South Dakota. Keep in mind that rules and laws change. It’s always a good idea to confirm the rules with the court or with further research.

Maximum Jurisdictional Dollar Amount: The maximum dollar amount is $8,000.

Where Suit May Be Brought: Cases should be brought where the defendant resides or injury occurred. A corporation is deemed to reside where it does business.

Proper Manner of Service of Process upon Defendant: Service may be made by certified or registered mail first, return receipt (note: service is binding on defendant who refuses to accept certified mail). Or, in the alternative, by a sheriff or court-approved adult, who is a county resident.

How the Hearing Date Is Selected: The hearing date is set by the court.

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