Gov. Noem says it could take up to three months to fill state Supreme Court vacancy

PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem says not to expect the vacancy on the state Supreme Court to be filled anytime soon.

A vacancy opened in November following the death of Justice Steven Zinter.

According to Noem, it could be up to three months before a new justice is named, “I don’t have a specific time frame. I would say within the next three months, I believe, is what they’ve laid out.”

The process of qualifying candidates to be nominated for appointment falls to the Judicial Qualifications Committee, but a Supreme Court pick is more complicated.

The governor says she’s following the normal process in all appointments, “The Judicial Review Committee is looking and moving forward on their process. They will submit names to me that we will select from.”

Former Gov. Dennis Daugaard deferred appointing several vacancies occurring late at the end of his term so that Noem could make the picks.


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