Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-22.2
- Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
- Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
- Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
- Person: includes natural persons, partnerships, associations, cooperative corporations, limited liability companies, and corporations. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2
- Testify: every mode of oral statement under oath or affirmation. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2
- Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
Testimony or documentary evidence of any kind obtained during the investigation of a complaint is not subject to discovery or disclosure under chapter 15-6 or any other provision of law, and is not admissible as evidence in any legal proceeding, until such time as the complaint becomes a contested case as defined in subdivision 1-26-1(2). No person that has participated in the investigation of a complaint may testify as an expert witness or be compelled to testify for any party in any action for personal injury or wrongful death if the subject matter of the complaint investigated is a basis for the action for personal injury or wrongful death.