This section explains courtroom procedure and the duties of jurors serving in the circuit courts of South Dakota.

THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED TO TAKE THE PLACE OF THE JUDGE'S INSTRUCTIONS. For each jury case, the judge will give specific instructions concerning what law applies.

Although some differences between criminal and civil trials will be mentioned, for the most part no distinction is made because both are tried under much the same rules and in the same manner.

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