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.