In the Matter of the Amendment of SDCL 15-6-49(a)
IN THE MATTER OF THE AMENDMENT
OF SDCL 15-6-49(a) RULE 06-43
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A hearing was held on February 16, 2006, at Pierre, South Dakota, relating to the
amendment of SDCL 15-6-49(a), and the Court having considered the proposed amendment, the
correspondence and oral presentations relating thereto and being fully advised in the premises,
now, therefore, it is
ORDERED that SDCL 15-6-49(a) be and it is hereby amended to read in its entirety as
The court may require a jury to return only a special verdict
in the form of a special written finding upon each issue of fact. In that event the court may submit
to the jury written questions susceptible of categorical or other brief answer or may submit written
forms of the several special findings which might properly be made under the pleadings and
evidence; or it may use such other method of submitting the issues and requiring the written
findings thereon as it deems most appropriate. The court shall give to the jury such explanation and
instruction concerning the matter thus submitted as may be necessary to enable the jury to make
its findings upon each issue. If in so doing the court omits any issue of fact raised by the pleadings
or by the evidence, each party waives his right to a trial by jury of the issue so omitted unless
before the jury retires
he the party demands its submission to the jury. As to an issue omitted
without such demand the court may make a finding; or, if it fails to do so, it shall be deemed to
have made a finding in accord with the judgment on the special verdict.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this rule shall become effective July 1, 2006.
DATED at Pierre, South Dakota, this 17th day of March 2006.