I Need Legal Assistance

Application for Court Appointed Council

If you feel that you are financially unable to afford a lawyer, you may complete the application (linked below), which asks the Court to appoint counsel to represent you. NOTICE: You must be charged with a crime to use this application; the Court will not appoint council to represent you in a civil trial.

Legal Service Providers for Low Income Individuals

East River Legal Services

  • Main Office: 335 N. Main Ave. #300
    Sioux Falls, SD 57102
    Phone: 336-9230
    Toll Free: 1-800-952-3015

Dakota Plains Legal Services

          Locations
  • Mission Office
    Box 727
    Mission, SD 57555
    Phone: 605-856-4444
    Toll Free: 800-658-2297

  • Rapid City Office
    Phone: 605-342-7171
    Toll Free: 800-742-8602

  • Pine Ridge Office
    Box 1989
    Pine Ridge, SD 57770
    Phone: 605-867-1020

  • Sioux Falls Office
    518 2nd Ave. E.
    Sioux Falls, SD 57102
    Phone: 605-698-3971
  • Eagle Butte Office
    Box 500
    Eagle Butte, SD 57625
    Phone: 605-964-2175

  • Ft. Yates Office
    Box 507
    Fort Yates, ND 58538
    Phone: 701-854-7204

  • Ft. Thompson Office
    Box 20
    Fort Thompson, SD 57339
    Phone: 605-245-2341

Access to Justice

Access to Justice Client Brochure

Access to Justice Intake Application

Income eligible people may contact:

USD Legal Helpline

The Legal Form Help Line was set up by the Courts in conjunction with the University of South Dakota Law School, in order to provide assistance with legal forms to individuals who are representing themselves in court (self-represented litigants). The Unified Judicial System (UJS) has developed several different forms for use by self-represented litigants and posted them on this website.

Unified Judicial System Online Forms

If after having read through all the forms and instructions you still have questions, you may call the Legal Form Help Line toll free at 1-855-784-0004. You will be asked to leave a message with your name, phone number, best time of day to reach you, and the type of form you need help with. A law student volunteer will return your call within 2 -3 days. Please remember that the volunteer who will be returning your call is a student, not a lawyer, and can only help you to fill out the forms. They cannot give you legal advice on any form, or help you with forms from any other sources. Please be sure to keep the forms handy as you will need to have them in front of you when the volunteer calls back or they will not be able to help you.
Legal Forms Helpline

ACLU of South Dakota

Mission: The American Civil Liberties Union is a non-profit organization dedicated to working daily in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

If you feel that your civil rights have been violated, please contact the ACLU to find out if they can provide legal assistance to your case by visiting their website at: http://www.aclusd.org/.

South Dakota State Bar Association

Website: http://statebarofsouthdakota.com/
Contact Information: 222 E. Capitol Ave #3 | Pierre, SD 57501 | Phone: 605-224-7554 | Toll Free: 1-800-952-2333

Resources

American Bar Association Consumer Guide to Legal Help