RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN/KOTA TV) - The 7th Judicial Circuit Court, which includes Pennington, Custer, Fall River and Oglala Lakota counties, sets several new policies to protect people from COVID-19.
Effective Tuesday, April 7, if you go to court, you must wear protective facial coverings such as a mask, scarf, bandanna or other cloth which covers the nose and mouth.
Furthermore, if you have a fever, have a cough, believe you’ve been exposed to COVID-19; have any underlying medical condition or health concerns, including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, have a weak immune system, are pregnant or have other health related concerns: Do not appear in court. Call the Clerk of Courts Office at 394-2570 (Pennington County) 673-4816 (Custer County) or 745-5131 (Fall River/Oglala Lakota counties) to reschedule your court appearance.
If your trip to the courthouse does not involve a court appearance; please use alternate methods of contact with offices, including phone or email. Contact information can be found at: https://ujs.sd.gov/Seventh_Circuit/Default.aspx.
Online forms for your case needs are available there and include forms to apply for a divorce, for temporary protection orders, and for small claims filings. You may also call our clerks of court: Ranae Truman (Pennington), 394-2570, Deb Salzsieder (Custer), 673-4861 or Carol Foster (Fall River/Oglala Lakota), 745-5131 with any questions.
For jurors who are reporting for jury duty, check the online system or call in system before reporting to verify your need to appear; you will also be given text message updates as the situation demands.