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
Toll Free: 1-800-952-3015
Dakota Plains Legal Services
- Mission Office
Mission, SD 57555
Toll Free: 800-658-2297
- Rapid City Office
Toll Free: 800-742-8602
- Pine Ridge Office
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
- Sioux Falls Office
518 2nd Ave. E.
Sioux Falls, SD 57102
- Eagle Butte Office
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
- Ft. Yates Office
Fort Yates, ND 58538
- Ft. Thompson Office
Fort Thompson, SD 57339
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.
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
Contact Information: 222 E. Capitol Ave #3 | Pierre, SD 57501 | Phone: 605-224-7554 | Toll Free: 1-800-952-2333
American Bar Association Consumer Guide to Legal Help