Chapter 16-1A of the South Dakota Codified Laws
Investigate and hold hearings on complaints against any Justice or Judge and censure, remove, or retire a
justice or judge if warranted. Make recommendations to the Governor for judicial appointments.
affiliated with South Dakota's Unified Judicial System
The Commission on Judicial Qualifications consists of seven members:
Scott Heidepriem, Chairman Appointed: March 1, 2012
Kimberley Mortenson, Vice Chair Appointed: March 1, 2012
Hon. Jeff W. Davis, Secretary Appointed: October 1, 2012
Hon. Bruce V. Anderson Appointed: September 1, 2011
Stephanie E. Pochop Appointed: January 1, 2013
Mark S. Roby Appointed: July 1, 2013
Jim Seward Appointed: July 1, 2014
Two judges of the circuit court, elected by the judicial conference;
Three members of the bar practicing law in this state, no more than two of whom may be of the same political party, appointed by a majority vote of the state bar commissioners; and
Two citizens who are not of the same political party, appointed by the Governor.
Term of Appointment:
The term of office for a commission member is four years. No person may serve more than two terms as a member of the commission.
Complaints filed against judges must be written and may be directed to:
Judicial Qualifications Commission
P O Box 230
Rapid City, SD 57709-0230