United States District Court for the District of South Carolina

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District of South Carolina
Fourth Circuit
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Chief:Terry WootenJudges:8
Posts:10Vacancies:2
Active judges
AndersonCainChildsGergelHarwellLewisNorton
Senior Judges
AndersonBlattCurrieDuffyHerlongHouckSeymour
Magistrate Judges
AustinBuchananGossettHendricksHodgesMarchantMcDonaldRogersWest
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina is a federal district court representing the State of South Carolina.

The United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is William N. Nettles .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Richmond, VA at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court has two vacancies and two pending appointments.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of South Carolina (click for larger map)

The jurisdiction of the District of South Carolina consists of all the counties in the state of South Carolina.

There are eleven court divisions, each covering the following counties:

The Aiken Division, covering Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell counties

The Anderson Division, covering Anderson, Oconne and Pickens counties

The Beaufort Division, covering Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties

The Charleston Division, covering Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester and Georgetown counties

The Columbia Division, covering Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Richland and Sumter counties

The Florence Division, covering Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Horry, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg counties

The Greenville Division, covering Greenville and Laurens counties

The Greenwood Division, covering Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda counties

The Orangeburg Division, covering Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties

The Rock Hill Division, covering Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster and York counties

The Spartanburg Division, covering Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties

Court is held in the cities of Aiken, Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, and Spartanburg.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Richmond, VA at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

The District of South Carolina has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 4339510594445091 43539.38.3262 (8.1%)8.529
2011 4321489892194896 43239.58.7169 (5.3%)1229
2010 4741506798085550 42589.710.869 (2.2%)29.339
2009 4731512798585169 4689108.264 (2%)1231
2008 44555974104295713 47169.48.253 (1.6%)036
2007370560669771590638658.5835 (1.2%)039
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
SC Terminations Filed.jpg SC Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The District of South Carolina has ten divisions and eight courthouse locations throughout the state. The divisons are Aiken, Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Greenwood, Orangeburg, Rock Hill and Spartanburg. Offices are open from 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday excluding Federal Holidays. The official Clerk of Court's phone number is (803) 765-5816. Please consult the chart below for more information on courthouse locations:

Location Divisions Address Phone number
Aiken Courthouse Aiken and Orangeburg Charles E. Simons Jr. Federal Courthouse

223 Park Avenue, S.W. Aiken, SC 29801

803-648-6896
(Inquiries to 803-765-5816)
Anderson Courthouse Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood and Spartanburg G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse

315 South McDuffie Street, 2nd Floor Anderson, South Carolina 29624

(Inquiries to 864-241-2700)
Beaufort Courthouse Beaufort Beaufort Federal Courthouse

1501 Bay Street Beaufort, South Carolina 29902

843-521-2088
(Inquiries to 843-579-1401)
Charleston Federal Courthouse Beaufort and Charleston Charleston Federal Courthouse

85 Broad Street Charleston, South Carolina 29401

843-579-1401
Hollings Judicial Center Hollings Judicial Center

83 Broad Street Charleston, South Carolina 29401

843-579-1401
Columbia Courthouse Columbia and Rock Hill Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Courthouse

901 Richland Street Columbia, South Carolina 29201

803-765-5816
Florence Courthouse Florence McMillan Federal Building

401 West Evans Street Florence, South Carolina 29501

843-676-3820
Greenville Courthouse Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood and Spartanburg Clement F. Haynsworth Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

300 East Washington Street Greenville, South Carolina 29601

864-241-2700
Spartanburg Courthouse Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood and Spartanburg Donald S. Russell Courthouse and U.S. Courthouse

201 Magnolia Street Spartanburg, South Carolina 29306

(Inquiries to 864-241-2700)

History

Court history

The District of South Carolina was established by Congress on September 24, 1789, with one post to cover the entire state. On February 21, 1823, Congress divided the district into the Eastern District of South Carolina and the Western District of South Carolina with one post to cover both districts. In 1898, in Bartlett v. U.S., 169 U.S. 219 the United States Supreme Court held that South Carolina was a single judicial district under the law. On March 3, 1911, Congress again divided the district into the Eastern District of South Carolina and the Western District of South Carolina with one post to cover both districts. On October 7, 1965, the two judicial districts were again merged, this time by congress, with 4 posts to cover the entire state. Over time 6 additional judicial posts were added to the Western District of Virginia for a total of 10 current posts.[2]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of South Carolina:

Year Statute Total Seats
September 24, 1789 1 Stat. 73 1 (Whole state)
February 21, 1823 3 Stat. 726 1 (Whole state, 2 Districts)
1898 Bartlett v. U.S., 169 U.S. 219 1 (Whole state)
March 3, 1911 36 Stat. 1087, 1123 1 (Whole state, 2 Districts)
March 3, 1915 38 Stat. 961 1 Eastern + 1 Western = 2 Total
February 26, 1929 45 Stat. 1319 1 Eastern + 1 Western +1 Shared = 3 Total
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 1 Eastern + 1 Western + 2 Shared = 4 Total
October 7, 1965 79 Stat. 951 4
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 5
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 8
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 9
December 21, 2000 114 Stat. 2762 10
[2]

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the District of South Carolina.


Federal courthouse

There are eight federal courthouses that serve the District of South Carolina.

Major news

For new stories and other related material see South Carolina judicial news.

See also

External links

References

District of South Carolina
Fourth Circuit
Fedbadgesmall.png
Chief:Terry WootenJudges:8
Posts:10Vacancies:2
Active judges
AndersonCainChildsGergelHarwellLewisNorton
Senior Judges
AndersonBlattCurrieDuffyHerlongHouckSeymour
Magistrate Judges
AustinBuchananGossettHendricksHodgesMarchantMcDonaldRogersWest
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
2.1 Active Judges
2.1.1 Article III judges
2.1.2 Pending appointments
2.1.3 Senior judges
2.2 Past judges
2.2.1 Former Chief judges
2.2.2 Former judges

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge David Norton1946Washington, DCW. Bush 07/12/1990 - Present2007 - 2012Solomon BlattU. of the South, B.A., 1968U. of South Carolina Law, J.D., 1975
Judge Joseph Anderson1949Augusta, GAReagan 10/14/1986 - Present2000 - 2007Charles SimonsClemson U., B.A., 1972U. of South Carolina Law Center, J.D., 1975
Chief Judge Terry Wooten1954Louisville, KYW. Bush 11/26/2001 - Present1/16/2013 - PresentNew Seat|114 Stat. 2762U. of South Carolina, B.A., 1976U. of South Carolina, J.D., 1980
Judge Robert Harwell1959Florence, SCW. Bush 06/30/2004 - PresentWeston HouckClemson U, B.A., 1980U. of South Carolina Law, J.D., 1982
Judge Timothy M. Cain1961Seneca, SCObama 9/20/2011 - PresentPatrick DuffyUniversity of South Carolina, B.S., 1983University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1986
Judge J. Michelle ChildsMarch 24, 1966Detroit, MIObama 08/05/2010 - PresentGeorge AndersonU. of South Florida, B.A., 1984U. of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1991
Judge Richard Mark Gergel1954Columbia, SCObama 08/9/2010 - PresentHenry HerlongDuke U., B.A., 1975Duke U., J.D., 1979
Judge Mary Geiger Lewis1958Columbia, SCObama 6/18/2012 - PresentHenry Franklin FloydClemson U., B.A., 1980U. of South Carolina Law, J.D., 1984


Pending appointments

JudgeConfirmationBachelorsLaw
Bruce HendricksCollege of Charleston, B.S., 1983U. of South Carolina Law, J.D., 1990
Alison Renee LeeVassar College, 1979Tulane University, 1982


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge George AndersonCarter 05/23/1980 - 01/29/200901/29/2009 - PresentSoutheastern U., B.C.S., 1949U. of South Carolina Law , LL.B., 1954
Senior Judge Henry HerlongH.W. Bush 05/14/1991 - 05/31/200906/01/2009 - PresentClemson U., B.A., 1967U. of South Carolina Law, J.D., 1970
Senior Judge Cameron CurrieClinton 03/11/1994 - 10/3/201310/3/2013 - PresentU. of South Carolina, B.A., 1970George Washington U. Law , J.D., 1975
Senior Judge Patrick DuffyClinton 12/26/1995 - 12/26/200712/27/2007 - PresentThe Citadel, B.A., 1965U. of South Carolina Law, J.D., 1968
Senior Judge Margaret SeymourClinton 10/22/1998 - 1/16/20132012 - 1/16/2013Howard U., B.A., 1969American U. Law, J.D., 1977
Senior Judge Solomon BlattNixon 05/28/1971 - 05/06/19901986 - 199005/07/1990 - PresentU. of South Carolina, A.B., 1941U. of South Carolina Law, LL.B., 1946
Senior Judge Charles Weston HouckCarter 9/26/1979 - 09/30/20031993 - 200010/1/2003 - PresentU. of South Carolina Law, LL.B., 1956


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Robert Buchanan1979 - PresentErskine College, A.B., 1973U. of South Carolina Law, J.D., 1976
Magistrate Judge Paige Jones Gossett10/24/2008 - Present
Magistrate Judge Bruce Hendricks05/06/2002 - PresentCollege of Charleston, B.S., 1983U. of South Carolina Law, J.D., 1990
Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant1992 - PresentCollege of Charleston, 1977University of South Carolina School of Law, 1980
Magistrate Judge Thomas Rogers05/08/2002 - Present
Magistrate Judge Shiva Hodges
Magistrate Judge Kevin McDonald
Magistrate Judge Jacquelyn Austin
Magistrate Judge Kaymani West2012 - Present


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
James Robert Martin, Jr.1962 - 1979
Charles Weston Houck1993 - 2000
Solomon Blatt1986 - 1990
Charles Simons1980 - 1986
Robert Hemphill1979 - 1980
Falcon Hawkins1990 - 1993
Margaret Seymour2012 - 1/16/2013
Joseph Anderson2000 - 2007
David Norton2007 - 2012

In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[1][2]



Former judges


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