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The structure of the South Carolina judicial system is laid out in Article V of the state Constitution. The state court system is made up of the South Carolina Supreme Court, the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Circuit Courts, the South Carolina Masters-in-Equity, the South Carolina Family Courts, the South Carolina Magistrate Courts, the South Carolina Municipal Courts and the South Carolina Probate Courts.

The federal court system is made up of the District Court of South Carolina and the District Court of South Carolina Bankruptcy Court. Appeals go to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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South Carolina counties

There are 46 counties in South Carolina.


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Recent election results: South Carolina judicial elections, 2014
Past election results: South Carolina judicial elections, 2010

South Carolina judicial elections

Most judges in South Carolina are elected by the members of the state General Assembly. South Carolina is one of only two states (the other being Virginia) that use this legislative election method. The South Carolina Judicial Merit Selection Commission screens and selects the candidates to submit to the Legislature. One of the exceptions to this method of selection are Masters-in-Equity, who are screened by a nominating commission and then appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the General Assembly. Magistrates are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.

The only courts in South Carolina for which judges are elected are the Probate Courts. Candidates for the Probate Courts participate in partisan elections.


Judicial selection in South Carolina

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Term - 6 years


Partisan elections

Term - 4 years

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