|Current Court Information:|
|South Dakota Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Bill Janklow|
|Active:||1995 - 2014|
|Past post:||Judge, South Dakota Fifth Judicial Circuit|
|Past term:||1986 - 1995|
|Undergraduate:||South Dakota State University, 1972|
|Law School:||University of South Dakota School of Law, 1975|
David E. Gilbertson is Chief Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court. Republican Governor Bill Janklow appointed him to this court on April 3, 1995. He represents the state's 5th Supreme Court district. His term ends in 2014.
Gilbertson was first elected by his peers on the court to a four-year term as its Chief Justice in 2001. He was then re-elected in 2005 and then again for a third term in June 2009. On May 28, 2013, Gilbertson became the first chief justice in the history of the state to be elected to a fourth term as chief, which will expire in 2017.
Gilbertson established a private practice in Sisseton, South Dakota and simultaneously served as a Roberts County Deputy State's Attorney and City Attorney for Sisseton. In 1986, former Governor Bill Janklow, a Republican, appointed Janklow circuit judge of the South Dakota Fifth Judicial Circuit. Gilbertson joined the South Dakota Supreme Court in 1995. When then-Chief Justice Robert A. Miller retired in 2001, Gilbertson was elected to take his place. 
Awards and associations
- 2006: Distinguished Service Award, National Center for State Courts
- 2005-07: Member, Board of Directors of the National Conference of Chief Justices
- Past President, South Dakota Judges Association
- Member, Conference of Chief Justices
- Member, Judicial-Bar Liaison Committee, State Bar Association
- Court Counselor, South Dakota Boys State 
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of State Supreme Court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Gilbertson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.13, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 1.05 that justices received in South Dakota. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Dakota Unified Judicial System, Supreme Court
- Project Vote Smart, Chief Justice David E. Gilbertson (SD)
- Chief Justice Gilbertson's 2011 Chief of Judiciary address
- Chief Justice Reappoints SD Presiding Judges, August 15, 2013
- South Dakota Unified Judicial System, Supreme Court
- The Daily Republic, "Gilbertson gets new term as SD Supreme Court chief," June 5, 2013.
- Project Vote Smart, "Chief Justice David E. Gilbertson (SD)," Retrieved June 28, 2013.
- 1998 Supreme Court retention election results
- 2006 Supreme Court retention election results
- Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
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