Courts in South Carolina

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The courts in South Carolina include a state court system and two federal courts.

The structure of South Carolina's state court system.

Appellate Courts

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South Carolina Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the court of last resort in the state.

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South Carolina Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeals hears all appeals from the lower courts except for cases regarding the death penalty, public utility rates, significant constitutional issues, public bond issues, election laws and orders limiting investigations by a state grand jury and an order of a family court relating to a minor seeking an abortion. These seven types of cases appeal directly to the Supreme Court.[1]

Trial Courts

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South Carolina Circuit Courts

The circuit courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction. They can also hear some appeals from the probate, magistrate's and municipal courts, as well as the administrative law judge division. The circuit courts include the courts of common pleas, which are civil courts, and the courts of general sessions, which are criminal courts. There are 16 judicial circuits in South Carolina, with at least one resident judge per circuit.[1]

South Carolina Masters-in-Equity

The 21 masters-in-equity are appointed by the governor and have the authority of the circuit courts. They do not hold jury trials.[1]

South Carolina Family Courts

The family courts have jurisdiction over domestic and family matters, such as marriage, divorce, custody and adoption, among others.[1]

South Carolina Magistrate Courts

These courts are made up of magistrates who are appointed to a certain county. Magistrate courts have jurisdiction over minor criminal and civil trials. These courts also set bail, issue warrants and conduct preliminary hearings.[1]

South Carolina Municipal Courts

The municipal courts have the same powers as magistrate courts over criminal trials, but municipal courts have no civil jurisdiction.[1]

South Carolina Probate Courts

The probate court in each county deals with marriage licenses, minor settlements (under $25,000), the estates of the deceased, guardianships and involuntary commitments to mental institutions.[1]

Federal courts

There are two federal courts in South Carolina, the District of South Carolina and the District of South Carolina Bankruptcy Court.[2]

Appeals from these federal courts go to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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