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The '''South Carolina Supreme Court''' is the highest court in the state of [[South Carolina]].  The court is composed of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices.  [[Legislative election of judges|Judges are selected by the legislature]] of South Carolina to serve terms of ten years.  There is no prohibition against justices serving multiple terms on the court.
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The court enjoys both original and appellate jurisdiction.  It has exclusive appellate jurisdiction for all state cases regarding the death penalty, state utility rates, judgments involving public bonded indebtedness and elections, and orders limiting state grand juries and relating to abortions by minors.  Original jurisdiction pertains to the issuance writs including [[mandamus]], certiorari, and extraordinary bills.
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|Location = Columbia, [[South Carolina]]
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The South Carolina Supreme Court oversees the admission of individuals to practice law in the state. It also supervises the discipline of attorneys and suspension of those no longer able to practice due to mental or physical condition.
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The '''South Carolina Supreme Court''' is the highest court in the state of [[South Carolina]]. The court is composed of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. [[Legislative election of judges|Judges are selected by the legislature]] of South Carolina to serve terms of ten years. There is no prohibition against justices serving multiple terms on the court.
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==The court's justices==
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==Justices==
===Selection of justices===
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The South Carolina Supreme Court has five justices, one Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. Justices are elected to ten year terms.<ref>[http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/supreme/ South Carolina Supreme Court]</ref>
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===Chief justice===
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[[Jean Hoefer Toal]] currently serves as [[Chief Justice]] of the [[South Carolina Supreme Court]]. Justice Toal was re-elected in 2004 for a ten-year term. Her term expires in 2014. Judge Hoefer Toal is a [[Democrat]].
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==Jurisdiction==
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The court has original and appellate jurisdiction. It has exclusive appellate jurisdiction for all state cases regarding the death penalty, state utility rates, judgments involving public bonded indebtedness and elections, and orders limiting state grand juries and relating to abortions by minors. Original jurisdiction pertains to the issuance writs including [[mandamus]], certiorari, and extraordinary bills.  Additionally, the court has the responsibility of overseeing the admission of individuals to practice law in the state. It also supervises the discipline of attorneys and suspension of those no longer able to practice due to mental or physical condition.
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==Judicial selection==
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The South Carolina Supreme Court has five justices, one Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. Justices are elected to ten year terms.<ref>[http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/supreme/ South Carolina Supreme Court]</ref> South Carolina and [[Virginia]] are the only states where [[Legislative election of judges|lawmakers alone select judges]].
  
 
===Qualifications===
 
===Qualifications===
===Current justices===
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According to Section 2-19-35(A) of the South Carolina Constitution, the Judicial Merit Selection Commission considers "constitutional qualifications, ethical fitness, professional and academic ability, character, reputation, physical health, mental stability, experience, and judicial temperament" when determining candidates to the Supreme Court of the state.<ref>[http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t02c019.htm South Carolina Constitution]</ref>
* [[Jean Hoefer Toal]]
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* [[John Kittredge]]
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* [[John Waller]]
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* [[Costa Pleicones]]
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* [[Donald Beatty]]
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===Chief Justice===
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===Removal of justices===
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==Salaries==
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The Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court earns $144,029 annually, while associate justices earn $137,171, as of January 2010.<ref>[http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/South_Carolina_state_government_salary#cite_note-courts-4 ''The Sunshine Review'', "South Carolina state government salary," September 2, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://contentdm.ncsconline.org/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/judicial&CISOPTR=314 ''The National Center for State Courts,'' "Judicial Salary Resource Center" as of Jan. 1, 2010]</ref>
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==Notable decisions==
  
 
==History of the court==
 
==History of the court==
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[[Image:South Carolina Supreme Court Building.JPG|thumb|300px|South Carolina Supreme Court building in Columbia]]
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The Supreme Court is based in Columbia, South Carolina. Up until 1971, the court was based in the State House, but in that year, the court moved to the old Columbia Post Office. The building was renovated in 1991.<ref>[http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/supreme/history.cfm Supreme Court Judiciary: Supreme Court Judiciary]</ref>
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===Notable firsts===
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==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[South Carolina Court of Appeals]]
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* [[SC Supreme Court to hear FOIA case|'''News:''' SC Supreme Court to hear FOIA case]], ''January 25, 2012''
*[[South Carolina judges in the news]]
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* [[South Carolina Supreme Court rules illegal gaming machines to be destroyed|'''News:''' South Carolina Supreme Court rules illegal gaming machines to be destroyed]], ''December 21, 2011''
*[[South Carolina blogs]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/supreme/index.cfm South Carolina Supreme Court Official Site]
 
* [http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/supreme/index.cfm South Carolina Supreme Court Official Site]
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* [http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/supreme/history.cfm South Carolina Supreme Court: History]
  
 
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Revision as of 16:08, 10 March 2012

South Carolina Supreme Court
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Court information
Justices:   5
Location:   Columbia, South Carolina
Salary
Chief:  $148,000
Associates:  $131,000
Judicial selection
Method:   Legislative election of judges
Term:   10 years
Active justices

Jean Hoefer Toal  •  Costa Pleicones  •  Donald Beatty  •  John Kittredge  •  Kaye Hearn  •  

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The South Carolina Supreme Court is the highest court in the state of South Carolina. The court is composed of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. Judges are selected by the legislature of South Carolina to serve terms of ten years. There is no prohibition against justices serving multiple terms on the court.

Justices

The current justices of the court are:
JudgeTerm
Chief justice Jean Hoefer Toal1988-2015
Justice Costa Pleicones2000-2016
Justice Donald Beatty2003-2017
Justice John Kittredge2003 - present
Justice Kaye Hearn1995 - present


Chief justice

Jean Hoefer Toal currently serves as Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. Justice Toal was re-elected in 2004 for a ten-year term. Her term expires in 2014. Judge Hoefer Toal is a Democrat.

Jurisdiction

The court has original and appellate jurisdiction. It has exclusive appellate jurisdiction for all state cases regarding the death penalty, state utility rates, judgments involving public bonded indebtedness and elections, and orders limiting state grand juries and relating to abortions by minors. Original jurisdiction pertains to the issuance writs including mandamus, certiorari, and extraordinary bills. Additionally, the court has the responsibility of overseeing the admission of individuals to practice law in the state. It also supervises the discipline of attorneys and suspension of those no longer able to practice due to mental or physical condition.

Judicial selection

The South Carolina Supreme Court has five justices, one Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. Justices are elected to ten year terms.[1] South Carolina and Virginia are the only states where lawmakers alone select judges.

Qualifications

According to Section 2-19-35(A) of the South Carolina Constitution, the Judicial Merit Selection Commission considers "constitutional qualifications, ethical fitness, professional and academic ability, character, reputation, physical health, mental stability, experience, and judicial temperament" when determining candidates to the Supreme Court of the state.[2]

Removal of justices

Salaries

The Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court earns $144,029 annually, while associate justices earn $137,171, as of January 2010.[3][4]

Notable decisions

History of the court

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South Carolina Supreme Court building in Columbia

The Supreme Court is based in Columbia, South Carolina. Up until 1971, the court was based in the State House, but in that year, the court moved to the old Columbia Post Office. The building was renovated in 1991.[5]

Notable firsts

See also

External links

References

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