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  • South Carolina Family Court Rules

    This topical index will connect you directly to the set of Rules you need. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • South Carolina Magistrates Court Rules

    This topical index will connect you directly to the set of Rules you need. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • South Carolina Probate Courts by County

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

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure

    This topical index will connect you directly to the set of Rules you need. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • South Carolina Rules of Evidence

    This topical index will connect you directly to the set of Rules you need. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • State Grand Jury Clerk of Court

    Name and contact information for the Clerk of Court for the State Grand Jury Content Detail

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • Supreme Court Clerk's Office

    The Clerk’s Office is responsible for processing and scheduling matters which are filed with the Supreme Court of South Carolina. This includes appeals, petitions for writs of certiorari in post-conviction relief cases, petitions for writs of certiorari to review decisions of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, petitions or actions brought in the original jurisdiction, certified questions, motions, judicial disciplinary matters, and lawyer disciplinary matters to include reinstatements. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • Supreme Court Contact Information

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • Supreme Court Justices

    Names and links to information about each of the justices on the South Carolina Supreme Court. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • Supreme Court Library

    The Supreme Court Library has over 40,000 volumes of law related materials. It is the second largest public legal research collection in the state after the USC Law Library. We have a strong collection of South Carolina materials including opinions of the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, S.C. Code of Laws, S.C. Acts & Joint Resolutions, and several S.C. Bar publications. The collection includes regional and federal reporters, form books, treatises and law journals. Our collection also includes all briefs and records of cases heard before the S.C. Supreme Court from 1918 to the present. We have the briefs and records of cases heard before the S.C. Court of Appeals from 1983 to the present. The Library primarily serves the Supreme Court and other members of the state judiciary and state/federal government agencies. We are open to the general public. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • Supreme Court Map and Location

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel FAQs

    Answers to frequently asked questions about misconduct by judges and attorneys. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel - How to File a Complaint

    There are no forms or other special requirements to file a complaint, but some things are necessary for both judicial and lawyer complaints. Find out what they are here. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • Trial Juror Handbook

    The purpose of this handbook is to acquaint trial jurors with the general nature and importance of their role as jurors. It explains some of the language and procedures used in court, and it offers some suggestions helpful to jurors in performing this important public service. Content Detail

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    United States District Court - Columbia Division
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law

    Except where a person is representing his or her own cause, practicing law without a license is strictly prohibited by state law. The biggest problem in determining whether someone is engaged in the unauthorized practice of law is determining whether his or her conduct is actually the “practice of law.” It is up to the South Carolina Supreme Court to decide whether someone is engaged in the practice of law. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • What is Judicial Independence?

    1. Judicial independence means that judges can decide cases before them without fear or favor, based on the law and the facts of that particular case. It's a way to provide for fair and impartial courts. Judicial independence does not mean that judges are free to decide cases according to their own whims or prejudices. 2. It means judges have the authority to exercise their constitutional obligation to make hard decisions, unpopular decisions, without concern for retribution, personal or professional. This web site contains more information about why it is important it is to have an independent judiciary. Content Detail

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    American Bar Association