Q: how do I look up a civil case. The case number is 08 civ 05000011
A South Dakota attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Your state has a website called - South Dakota Legal Self-Help -
This is how they describe their resources...
South Dakota has a statewide record search program. CRIMINAL cases are available, unless sealed, on the UJS system from 1989 to present. CIVIL cases, unless confidential or sealed, are available from 2003 to present. Active money judgments are available for the past 20 years and inactive money judgments from April 19, 2004 to present. CIVIL money judgement searches, only, can be accessed at: https://ujsjudgmentquery.sd.gov/login.aspx for a fee.
It looks like they speak of a $20 fee for some searches. If you research online on your own, sometimes you can find cases through other resources that are free. There are many free search tools have appeared in recent years.
If you are near a public library or a law school that offers access to the public, you could also explore whether a librarian could assist you for free.
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