South Dakota State Supreme Court
(second floor, east wing)
These glass display cases located in the inside hallway before entering
the Supreme Court contain memorabilia relating to the Supreme Court. The
Supreme Court is a court of appeals. It is locked except during a guided
If court is not in session, one can look through the glass window of the
door and peek into the room
The Supreme Court Room is the second room that went through complete
restoration. At the front of the room is a canvas art painting
entitled "Law of Mercy," by Charles Holloway.
The five chairs behind the bench at the front of the room are where the
Supreme Court Justices are seated when court is in session. The center
chair, larger than the other four chairs, is where the Chief Justice
sits, whose responsibility is to preside over the hearings.
Front view of Courtroom
There are side tables and chairs in the middle area of the room are
where the attorneys are seated.
The center table in front of the mahogany railing closest to the
Justices has a podium on it. This is where the Appellant lawyer (the
lawyer requesting the Court to hear this case) and the Appellee lawyer
(the lawyer from the previous court hearing) stand to present their 20
minutes of information to the panel of Justices There is a back table
by the railing in front of the pew area where the law clerks for the
five Justices sit. Each clerk sits exactly across from the Justice for
whom he clerks.
The pews, made of antique mahogany, are where interested citizens can
sit to listen to the court proceedings.
The draperies and carpet are copies of the originals in a similar fabric
and color. Also, the design on the doorknob is like
most door knobs in the Capitol in that the design is the State Seal of
South Dakota. This is another good example of the attention paid to
detail by the designers of the Capitol Building.