Protection Order System
The South Dakota Unified Judicial System (UJS) has implemented a new Protection Order
Web-based System to provide public access to protection order documents that can be
filed in Circuit Court in South Dakota. The public will now have the ability to
complete and print the forms necessary for requesting a protection order. The party
seeking protection (petitioner) must bring the forms to a clerk of court office in
the county where the requestor or the person against whom the requestor is seeking
protection from (respondent) resides. The petition must be signed in the presence
or a clerk of court or notary for verification.
If a petition is handwritten and illegible a judge may deny the petition and
therefore using the on-line system is strongly recommended.
The system was tested and four different domestic violence shelters
around the state provided the UJS with feedback. The UJS strives to
ensure that court services meets people’s continued diverse needs by
providing electronic public access where possible.
If you have questions regarding the new Protection Order System
you may contact the UJS Helpdesk at (605) 773-8000.
If you are concerned about computer security level or submitting
sensitive information from a private computer you should complete
these forms on a secure computer so that the entered data is less
likely to be viewed by others. If you are in danger please call 911.