Jensen requests additional funds for court security in State of the Judiciary speech

January 13, 2022

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven R. Jensen used the annual State of the Judiciary speech Wednesday to request $5 million to bolster court security.

He also updated the Legislature on how the state’s court system is tackling sexual harassment, mental health for judges and a shortage of court reporters.

Jensen says he has prioritized the staff of the state’s court system as he has overseen the judicial system during the pandemic.

He explained that there is a growing awareness of the mental health risks judges face as they make decisions, such as child custody and prison sentences, that have long-term impacts on people’s lives.