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  • Facts about the American Judicial System

    This web site contains information on the federal and state judiciaries and how our court system works. The document is only available in PDF format. Content Detail

    By:
    American Bar Association
  • Family Court Judges by Clickable Map

    Interactive map. Click on your area to learn about your Family Court Judges. Content Detail

    By:
    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • Family Court Judges by Name

    Name and contact information for South Carolina's Family Court Judges. Content Detail

    By:
    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • Federal Rules Table of Contents

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

    By:
    United States District Court - Columbia Division
  • 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. Content Detail

    By:
    United States District Court - Columbia Division
  • Finding the Appropriate Magistrate

    Lawline FAQ: Finding the appropriate magistrate will depend upon the nature of your problem or claim. The laws of South Carolina require that a small claim, or virtually every other claim of a civil nature, be filed in the county where the defendant lives. Content Detail

    By:
    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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

    By:
    United States District Court - Columbia Division
  • Grand Juror Handbook

    This Handbook will acquaint persons who have been selected to serve on a federal grand jury with the general nature and importance of their role as grand jurors. It explains some of the terms that grand jurors will encounter during their service and offers some suggestions helpful to them in performing this important public service. It is intended that this Handbook will, to a degree, repeat and provide a permanent record of much of the information presented in the grand jury orientation film, The People's Panel, which in most districts is shown to grand jurors at the commencement of their service. Grand jurors are encouraged to refer to this Handbook periodically throughout their service to reacquaint themselves with their duties and responsibilities. This Handbook is designed as an aid only to persons serving on a federal - not a state -grand jury. Content Detail

    By:
    United States District Court - Columbia Division
  • Hours and Holiday Schedule

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

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    United States District Court - Columbia Division
  • How Courts Work

    Law and the courts are everywhere—on the front page news, in best-selling thrillers, on Court TV and network shows about lawyers. Famous trials are a great subject, full of human drama, but how many of us really understand the work that courts do and how they operate? Here’s a quick primer, with links that will help you go more deeply into the subject.: (1) Courts and Legal Procedure, (2) Steps in a Trial, (3) The Human Side of Being a Judge, (4) Mediation Content Detail

    By:
    American Bar Association
  • 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. Content Detail

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    United States District Court - Columbia Division
  • Jurors

    Lawline FAQ: You have been summoned to serve on a Jury. Congratulations. Jury Service is the only way that a person not elected to or appointed to a position in the court system can serve in the judicial branch of our government. Content Detail

    By:
    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Jury Duty Frequently Asked Questions

    Answers to frequently asked questions about jury duty in the United States District Court. Content Detail

    By:
    United States District Court - Columbia Division
  • Jury Duty Instructions

    If you are called to jury duty in the United States District Court, these instructions will tell you what to expect. Content Detail

    By:
    United States District Court - Columbia Division
  • Legal Aid Services in South Carolina

    Lawline FAQ: Legal Services in non-criminal matters for people who cannot afford a private lawyer are provided by the South Carolina Centers for Equal Justice. Legal Services programs do not handle criminal law cases. Content Detail

    By:
    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Legal Terms Glossary

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

    By:
    United States District Court - Columbia Division