State of South Dakota
The Committee on Judiciary at the request of the Chief Justice
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to
require background checks for applicants seeking
admission to the State Bar of South Dakota.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as
Each applicant for admission to practice as an attorney or counselor at law in this state shall
submit to a criminal background investigation, by means of fingerprint checks by the Division
of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Board of Bar Examiners
shall submit completed fingerprint cards to the Division of Criminal Investigation prior to
admittance of an applicant. If no disqualifying record is identified at the state level, the
fingerprints shall be forwarded by the Division of Criminal Investigation to the Federal Bureau
of Investigation for a national criminal history record check. The results of the criminal history
check shall be given to the Board of Bar Examiners to determine an applicant's qualification for
admission pursuant to
16-16-2 to 16-16-2.3, inclusive.
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