Noem appoints Supreme Court justice

PIERRE, S.D. (KEVN/KOTA TV) – Patricia Jean DeVaney is appointed to the South Dakota Supreme Court by Gov. Kristi Noem.

DeVaney fills the vacancy in the 3rd Supreme Court District created by the death of Justice Steven Zinter last year.

“It is a great honor and privilege to spend the rest of my legal career serving South Dakota as a justice of the Supreme Court,” DeVaney said. “I started my legal career as a young lawyer many years ago in the State Capitol building, and I am honored to return to the Capitol to serve in this new capacity as a justice. I am very grateful that Governor Noem has entrusted me with this opportunity.”

DeVaney is currently with South Dakota’s Sixth Judicial circuit, where she has served since 2012.

The counties of Brookings, Kingsbury, Moody, Miner, Sanborn, Beadle, Jerauld, Hand, Hyde, Hughes, Sully, Stanley, Brule, Buffalo, Jones, Jackson, Lyman, Mellette, Todd, Tripp, Bennett, Oglala Lakota, Fall River, Lake, and Haakon constitute the 3rd Supreme Court District.