Courts in South Carolina
Court Records, Directory And News in SC
The state court system in South Carolina includes a Probate Court and Municipal Court, as well as a Family Court and South Carolina Magistrate's Court. South Carolina's main trial courts are its Civil Courts, which hear many types of cases including those relating to torts, real property disputes, misdemeanors, felonies. If you're appealing a criminal or civil decision in a lower court in South Carolina, this will also be heard in its Circuit Courts. South Carolina's Court of Appeals hears appeals of Circuit Court decisions, and the South Carolina Supreme Court is the state's 'court of last resort.' Many South Carolina counties provide online access to South Carolina court records through their Public Access databases. A list of participating counties and their databases can be found on the South Carolina Judicial Department's website at If you're trying to pay a traffic ticket in South Carolina, you can also do that on this website. If you're seeking copies of South Carolina court documents, you should contact the Clerk of Court's in the appropriate county. A list of South Carolina Clerk of Courts contact information can be found at
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28, Jan 2015 - Saluda, SC Civil War historian would like historical marker for prison camp
A South Carolina Civil War historian who has written several books about Columbia-area history would like to see an official marker placed to identify the site of a former prison camp in West Columbia.
27, Jan 2015 - Isle Of Palms, SC Former DA says SC can improve domestic violence statistics with other state's model
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27, Jan 2015 - Berkeley, SC Berkeley Communications Director wants Attorney General off case
The legal team for the Berkeley County School District communications director says South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson acted unprofessionally and should not prosecute her on ethics and forgery charges, according to a motion filed by her lawyer.
27, Jan 2015 - Supreme Court Denies Motion to Rehear School Funding Case
The South Carolina Supreme Court has denied the state's motion to rehear a landmark school funding case that has been snagged in the court system for more than two decades.
27, Jan 2015 - Orangeburg, SC Testimony resumes in former Eutawville police chief murder trial
A white ex-police chief in South Carolina told investigators he feared for his life when the black man he was trying to arrest started to drive off with the chief caught in the door of his pickup truck.
27, Jan 2015 - State Supreme Court refuses to rehear state education funding case
The Supreme Court of South Carolina has refused to rehear a case involving the "minimally adequate" education of students in the state's more rural school districts. 
27, Jan 2015 - Tomi Rae Hynie Brown ruled James Brown widow
  Tomi Rae Hynie Brown was the legally surviving spouse of soul singer James Brown at the time of his death because her earlier marriage to a bigamist was ruled invalid, a South Carolina judge has ruled. Brown’s relatives and others have bickered for years about the marital status of Hynie Brown and the musician’s estate. Hynie Brown was left out of Brown’s will but received a quarter of his ...
27, Jan 2015 - Florence, SC South Carolina prison escapee captured in Athens
A man who escaped Thursday morning from a minimum security prison in South Carolina was arrested late that night at a motel in west Athens. H.H. King III reportedly was serving a five-year sentence for a grand larceny conviction when he escaped from the Palmer Pre-Release Center in Florence, S.C. Athens-Clarke County police issued a lookout after receiving information he might be in the company ...
27, Jan 2015 - Judge Rules James Brown's Final Marriage Was Legal
A judge in South Carolina has made a major ruling in the ongoing battle over James Brown 's estate after declaring the late legend's partner, Tommie Rae Hynie, was his legal spouse at the time of his 2006 death.
27, Jan 2015 - SCSU sweeps Savannah College of Art & Design
The South Carolina State men’s and women’s tennis teams earned of pair of impressive victories over nationally ranked Savannah College of Art & Design of the NAIA Conference Sunday at the Hardeep Judge Tennis Center.
27, Jan 2015 - S.C. Supreme Court refuses to reconsider education ruling
COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its order last fall that lawmakers fix the state’s broken education system, officially ending Republican leaders’ appeals.
27, Jan 2015 - SC Ports: Court should let permit stand for cruise terminal
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Court of Appeals should let stand a state permit for a $35 million cruise terminal in Charleston, attorneys for the South Carolina Ports Authority argue.
27, Jan 2015 - Court to toss Friendship Nine’s convictions for sit-in protests
ROCK HILL, South Carolina (CNN) — A long walk for justice will end soon for nine African-American men who pioneered the “jail, no bail” strategy during the lunch counter protests of the civil rights movement. The men, dubbed the Friendship Nine after the Rock Hill, South Carolina, college that eight of them attended, were looking […]
27, Jan 2015 - SC Supreme Court refuses to reconsider education ruling
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27, Jan 2015 - Orangeburg, SC Ex-South Carolina police chief on trial for shooting death of unarmed man
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former police chief in South Carolina showed malice and poor judgment in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in 2011, a prosecutor said at his murder trial on Wednesday.
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