South Carolina Referendum 4A, Age and Experience Qualifications for Judges (1996)

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South Carolina Referendum 4A was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in South Carolina as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Referendum 4A amended Section 15 of Article V of the South Carolina Constitution to require that justices of the South Carolina Supreme Court and judges of the state's Court of Appeals and its circuit court be at least thirty-two (32) years of age and have practiced law for at least eight (8) years prior to becoming a judge or justice.

Sitting judges or justices at the time Referendum 4A was enacted were exempted from the new age requirements.

Election results

Referendum 4A
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 790,568 83.71%
No153,79316.29%

Ballot text

Question


"Shall Section 15 of Article V of the Constitution of this State relating to qualifications for justices of the Supreme Court and judges of the Court of Appeals and the circuit court be amended so as to increase from twenty-six to thirty-two the age requirement for election to these offices, to increase from five to eight the number of years which a person must have been a licensed attorney at law in order to be eligible for election to these offices, and to provide that any justice or judge serving in office on the effective date of the provisions of this section requiring a justice or judge to be least thirty-two years of age and to have at least eight years of service as a licensed attorney at law who is not of that age or who has not been licensed for this required period of time may continue to serve for the remainder of his current term and is considered to have the requisite age and years of service as a licensed attorney at law for purposes of future re-elections to that judicial office?"

Official summary


"This amendment would change certain qualifications for justices of the South Carolina Supreme Court and judges of the Court of Appeals and the circuit court. The amendment would require these individuals to be at least thirty-two (32) years of age and have practiced law for at least eight (8) years prior to becoming a judge or justice. The amendment would further exempt sitting judges or justices from these requirements."

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