§ 19-8-1 Judicial notice of law of jurisdictions within United States
§ 19-8-2 Determination of foreign law made by court–Review
§ 19-8-3 Informing court of foreign law–Assistance by counsel
§ 19-8-4 Evidence of foreign law–Notice of issue to adverse parties
§ 19-8-5 Law of foreign countries determined by court–Judicial notice not taken
§ 19-8-6 Citation of chapter
§ 19-8-7 Religious code

Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws > Title 19 > Chapter 8 - Proof of Foreign Law

  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • 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.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.