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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01, Mar 2015 - York, SC Prison: Unauthorized use of social media akin to committing a violent crime against another prisone
South Carolina prisoners get the harshest in-prison punishment -- solitary confinement -- just for using Facebook.
28, Feb 2015 - Northern Kentucky pulls away from USC-Upstate 84-65
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) -- Todd Johnson sank a career-high eight 3-pointers Saturday to lead Northern Kentucky to an 84-65 win over South Carolina-Upstate that secured home court advantage as a No. 4 seed in the Atlantic Sun quarterfinal.
28, Feb 2015 - York, SC The Daily Fix: Court Throws Out 54-Year-Old Conviction for Men Who Sat at a ‘Whites Only’ Lunch
On Jan. 31, 1961, nine black men walked into the Five & Dine in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and tried to sit down at the “whites only” lunch counter. The group became known as the Friendship 9 because most of them were students at Friendship College. “We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history,” said Judge John C. Hayes III. NPR reported that Hayes is the nephew of the judge who found ...
28, Feb 2015 - WIS Investigates: Is the death penalty on hold in South Carolina?
There are 42 men on South Carolina's death row. So why has there only been one execution in the past six years?  
28, Feb 2015 - School Prayer Under Fire In New Court Case
School Prayer Under Fire In New Court Case American Humanist Association Sues School Over Prayer Dispute Praying At School Ceremony In South Carolina Prompts Lawsuit School Prayer Under Fire In New Court Case Not Optimized A lawsuit involving a South Carolina school district and a Washington-based legal center over the right to pray in school could skip trial and immediately go to a verdict. The ...
28, Feb 2015 - No. 1 South Carolina still loose despite loss
South Carolina players broke from a meeting after practice with smiles, laughs and goofy poses. Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley said her top-ranked team returned to the court in good spirits following its first defeat of the season, a nationally televised 87-62 loss to the second-ranked Huskies on Monday night. South Carolina (22-1, 10-0 Southeastern Conference takes on LSU (14-9, 8-3) at the ...
28, Feb 2015 - York, SC Punishment for using Facebook in prison: Solitary confinement
A report released Thursday by Electronic Frontier Foundation researcher Dave Maas shows that South Carolina's Department of Corrections considers "creating and/or assisting with a social networking site" while in prison an offense akin to committing a violent crime against another prisoner or officer.
28, Feb 2015 - Lexington, SC California man gets 15 years for traveling to SC to have sex with boy
A California man arrested last August has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and 25 years supervised released for traveling to South Carolina to have sex with a 15-year-old. Click to Continue »
27, Feb 2015 - Lee, SC Woman whose mom abducted her as baby testifies at sentencing
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) — A woman whose mother abducted her as an infant and took her overseas more than 20 years ago stood in a courtroom Tuesday, fighting back tears, and told a judge she has had a good life even though she didn't know her birth father growing up.
27, Feb 2015 - Attorneys: Judge made right call in upholding cruise permit
Attorneys for South Carolina's environmental agency say a state judge was correct in upholding an agency permit for a $35 million cruise terminal in Charleston.
27, Feb 2015 - Prisoner Got 37 Years in Solitary for Facebook Posts
In South Carolina's prisons, an inmate who secretly writes Facebook posts about missing his family can be punished the same way as one who rapes a cellmate. Hundreds of inmates are being handed down indefensibly harsh punishments for using social media , including one man, Tyheem Henry, who was sentenced to over 37 years in solitary confinement for writing 38 Facebook posts. Read more...
27, Feb 2015 - Dorchester, SC After almost 5 years, is US Attorney Nettles in pipeline to retire?
Will U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles step down later this year as the state’s top federal prosecutor? Click to Continue »
27, Feb 2015 - Court: Company must pay SC $136 million over drug marketing
South Carolina's high court says a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary should pay the state $136 million over deceptive drug marketing of an anti-psychotic drug.
27, Feb 2015 - New cruise terminal upheld for South Carolina
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27, Feb 2015 - Man to claim self-defense for shooting DEA agent in predawn drug raid
A criminal trial expected to be closely watched by law enforcement and gun owners around South Carolina opens Monday in federal court in Columbia. Click to Continue »
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