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South Carolina Circuit Courts

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The South Carolina Circuit Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction in South Carolina. The circuit courts also have limited appellate authority over lower trial courts and governmental agencies.[1]

There are 16 judicial districts in the state, and each one has at least one resident circuit judge. The courts are divided into a civil court, known as the court of common pleas, and a criminal court, known as the court of general sessions.[1]

Court division

The circuit court is divided into two sections:

Circuit division

The circuit court is divided geographically into 16 judicial circuits.

District Counties served
1st Judicial Circuit Calhoun, Orangeburg and Dorchester
2nd Judicial Circuit Aiken, Barnwell and Bamberg
3rd Judicial Circuit Lee, Sumter, Clarendon and Williamsburg
4th Judicial Circuit Chesterfield, Malboro, Darlington and Dillon
5th Judicial Circuit Kershaw and Richland
6th Judicial Circuit Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield
7th Judicial Circuit Spartanburg and Cherokee
8th Judicial Circuit Abbeville, Greenwood, Newberry and Laurens
9th Judicial Circuit Berkely and Charleston
10th Judicial Circuit Oconee and Anderson
11th Judicial Circuit McCormick, Edgefield, Saluda and Lexington
12th Judicial Circuit Florence and Marion
13th Judicial Circuit Pickens and Greenville
14th Judicial Circuit Allendale, Hampton, Jasper, Beaufort and Colleton
15th Judicial Circuit Horry and Georgetown
16th Judicial Circuit York and Union
South Carolina Circuit Courts


There are 46 circuit court judges who rotate through the 16 judicial districts. They are elected by the General Assembly to staggered terms of six years.[1]

Judges at large

See also

External links


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