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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23, Nov 2014 - U.S. judge overturns same-sex marriage ban in South Carolina
A U.S. judge on Wednesday struck down South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the state is bound by a regional federal appeals court decision that struck down Virginia's similar law.
23, Nov 2014 - Greenwood, SC The twisted world of Susan Smith 20 years after she drowned her sons and blamed 'a black man
Susan Smith, now 43, remains in prison in South Carolina but has a long history of delinquent behavior while behind bars.
23, Nov 2014 - Lexington, SC Ex-trooper in gas station shooting expected in court
The former South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper accused of shooting a man during a traffic stop last month will be in court Monday at 9 a.m.
23, Nov 2014 - Atheist Suit Against SC School for Hosting Graduation in Christian Chapel to Be Reheard in District
A lawsuit accusing a South Carolina public elementary school of proselytizing Christianity by hosting its fifth grade graduation ceremonies in a Christian chapel and encouraging student speakers to include prayer in graduation speeches, will be reheard in U.S. District Court after an appeals court remanded an earlier district court ruling that sided with the school district.
23, Nov 2014 - Sumter, SC Friendship 9 to return to court, 53 years later
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Nearly 54 years after they went to jail for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill, the Friendship Nine are returning to court to get their records cleared. Children's author Kimberly Johnson of York, South Carolina, is proud she helped make that ...
23, Nov 2014 - For same-sex marriage in SC, it's all down to the Fourth Circuit Court
Both sides in the fight over same-sex marriage in South Carolina are waiting for a response from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
23, Nov 2014 - Armstrong Signs Up for Time-Trial Charity Cycling Event
Last month, USA Cycling ruled that Lance Armstrong wasn’t eligible to participate in the third annual Gran Fondo Hincapie in Greenville, South Carolina, because it constituted an authorized activity.
23, Nov 2014 - Appeals court denies stay against same-sex marriage in SC
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and denied his request for an emergency stay on a court ruling last week that ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
23, Nov 2014 - Gay marriage advocates get victories in Kansas, South Carolina
By Harriet McLeod and Lawrence Hurley CHARLESTON S.C./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gay marriage advocates won another two victories on Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Kansas to become the 33rd U.S. state where same-sex couples can wed and a federal judge struck down South Carolina's ban. The high court declined a request from Kansas officials to block U.S. District Court Judge Daniel ...
23, Nov 2014 - Appeals court lets gay marriage go ahead in South Carolina
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C (Reuters) - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Tuesday to stay a district court ruling from last week that struck down South Carolina's gay marriage ban, meaning same-sex weddings could happen there as soon as Thursday. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, a Republican, said in a statement his office would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay ...
23, Nov 2014 - Kansas can issue gay marriage licenses; South Carolina ban struck down
Kansas can now issue same-sex marriage licenses after the Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon ended a stay that temporarily prevented the state from doing so.
23, Nov 2014 - Saluda, SC S.C. prosecutors say state funding shortage puts criminal cases, public at risk
A shortage of prosecutors has left South Carolina struggling to keep up with thousands of cases awaiting trial, delaying justice for victims and increasing the risk suspects will commit additional crimes while free on bail, according to area solicitors.
23, Nov 2014 - York, SC END OF THE ROAD?
If Paul Augustus Fuller Jr. is convicted in a York County, South Carolina, court of even half of the burglary-related charges in which he’s accused, the Wilson man could spend the rest of his life in prison.
23, Nov 2014 - Alan Wilson officially files appeal against same-sex marriage ruling
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has officially filed appeal to the Fourth Circuit against a ruling from a Charleston-based judge that struck down the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. 
23, Nov 2014 - Charleston, SC South Carolina Must Allow Gay Marriage: Court
A federal court has rejected South Carolina’s bid to temporarily delay gay marriages there, a move that could allow gay couples to wed on Thursday.
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