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Civil Matters

Procedural information for US District Court cases.

Divisions

Color-coded map with explanations of which types of cases are heard in each division.

Explanation of Case Numbers

Decoding case numbers in the US District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Federal Rules Table of Contents

Federal Rules of Appellate, Civil, and Criminal Procedure, and Federal Rules of Evidence.

Filing Procedures

If you have ensured that the US District Court has jurisdiction in your case, or if you have a case already pending before the US District Court, following these filing procedures will help keep your case on track.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about how the United States District Court works.

Hours and Holiday Schedule

Is the US District Court open today? Find out here.

Inside the Federal Courts

What the federal courts do, how they are organized, how cases move through the federal courts, how the federal courts interact with other branches of government, and how the federal courts are run. An informative presentation by the Federal Judicial Center.

Legal Terms Glossary

Ordinary words take on extraordinary meanings inside the courthouse. Look them up alphabetically here.

Local Rules

Local procedural rules for civil and criminal cases, with an archive of old rules.

Public Access to Documents in Electronic Case Files

Documents filed in Civil and Criminal cases are available to the public on PACER electronically. Social Security documents are not available.

Referral of Cases

Some cases filed in the US District Court may be referred to a magistrate judge for certain proceedings. Learn more here.

Where to Find Case Information

If you need to find more specific information on a pending or old case, this page will tell you where to start.

Legal Terms Glossary

Ordinary words take on extraordinary meanings inside the courthouse. Look them up alphabetically here.

Public Access to Documents in Electronic Case Files

Documents filed in Civil and Criminal cases are available to the public on PACER electronically. Social Security documents are not available.

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