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

Access to Justice

Access to Justice Client Brochure

Access to Justice Intake Application

Income eligible people may contact:

South Dakota Law Help

SDLawHelp is a consortium of South Dakota legal service providers who are dedicated to helping people in all corners of the state navigate the legal system and provide assistance on matters that can drastically impact their lives. From employment and housing to custody and collections - our organizations believe that legal assistance, education, and access to information are paramount to ensuring equal justice. That is why they developed the SDLawHelp website: https://www.sdlawhelp.org/

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/.

State Bar of South Dakota

Website: http://statebarofsouthdakota.com/
Contact Information: 111 W. Capitol Ave. #1 | Pierre, SD 57501 | Phone: 605-224-7554


American Bar Association Consumer Guide to Legal Help