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You can do your own legal research online. Here's a sample of sites available to you.
For opinions from the South Dakota Supreme Court, go to www.sdjudicial.com. You can listen to oral arguments by clicking on the appropriate link. You should be able to easily find similar sites for the other 49 states with a Google search.
For workman's compensation decisions in South Dakota, go to http://dol.sd.gov/workerscomp/default.aspx.
For administrative rules, go to http://www.legis.state.sd.us/index.aspx
For rules of the various state agencies in South Dakota, go to http://www.sd.gov/state_agencies.aspx.
For our federal trial courts in South Dakota, the United States District Courts, go to www.sdd.uscourts.gov. The link to access opinions is through PACER, which is http:www.pacer.gov. For our federal appellate court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, go to www.ca8.uscourts.gov.
For the United States Supreme Court, go to www.supremecourt.gov/opinions.
Another helpful website is www.findlaw.com.
These websites have links so you can find forms and rules that apply. There are many other sites online for you. A search on Google, Bing, or other search engine will find them.
Lawline@KOTATV.com is intended as general information on legal issues affecting us all. This information should not be relied upon in any particular case and should never be used in lieu of consulting with an attorney.
1. You see yet another car accident at a spot where there have been many accidents in the past and will be more accidents in the future?
2. You learn another person is hurt using a machine that has injured others in the past and will injure others in the future?
3. You watch a dangerous practice – like where a school bus parks – you know is a disaster waiting to happen?
What should you do?
Try to prevent the next accident, injury, and catastrophe from happening.
How can you do that?
Send a letter or email to those responsible – the highway department, the owner and operator of the machine, the school district - putting them on notice of the danger.
Your letter or email will either prompt a "fix" or help the next innocent victim establish liability against those who failed to act.
Taking a few minutes to write a letter or email can have a huge impact; you can be a difference maker.