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Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization

    Localized

  • Oversight

    No oversight

South Dakota provides counsel to indigent youth through a county-based system that includes public defender offices, contract attorneys, and privately appointed counsel. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's South Dakota state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

  • Restrictions on waivers
  • No restrictions
  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.
  • Age

    Under 0

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In South Dakota, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: Detention Hearing / First Court Appearance / Arraignment; Once a Petition is Filed / Hearing on the Petition; All Stages of Proceedings / All Critical States of Proceedings.

  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.

Indigency requirements, 2013

Indigency determination: Judicially

In South Dakota, juvenile indigency law is governed by both juvenile and adult statutes, which provide a determination of indigency. Indigency is judicially determined.

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Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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