The South Dakota Supreme Court is the latest state court (see also Nevada) to take on the issue of public access to juror questionnaires. Apparently, SD, unlike its northern neighbor ND, is taking a much more restrictive approach to releasing juror questionnaires. Starting November 1st, SD courts will presume that juror questionnaires are not releasable absent approval by the trial judge. Not surprisingly, media outlets in SD are not pleased with this decision.
SD High Court Closes Off Jury Records to Media
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Supreme Court has decided that records created during jury selection should not be available to the public unless the trial judge says otherwise.
Presiding circuit judges proposed the change over concerns about identity theft and the potential that someone would embarrass jurors by distributing their answers to sensitive questions...