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     15-12-20.   Definition of terms. Terms, as used in §§ 15-12-20 to 15-12-37, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, mean:
             (1)      "Action," any action or special proceeding in the trial court, whether civil or criminal or quasi-criminal;
             (2)      "Canon" or "Canons," the canons set forth in the South Dakota Code of Judicial Conduct appearing as an appendix to chapter 16-2;
             (3)      "Judge," a judge of the circuit court or a retired justice or judge acting pursuant to appointment by the Chief Justice;
             (4)      "Magistrate," both magistrate judges and nonlaw-trained magistrates as defined by § 16-12A-1; and
             (5)      "Party," any party within the meaning of the rules of civil or criminal procedure and the statutes of this state.

Source: Supreme Court Rule No. 75-5, § 1.


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