South Carolina Supreme Court Decisions

Located in Columbia, the South Carolina Supreme Court holds exclusive appellate jurisdiction over cases involving the death penalty, elections, state utility rates, and certain situations related to state grand juries and abortions by minors. It also holds original jurisdiction over writs of mandamus and certiorari, as well as extraordinary bills. The Supreme Court supervises the legal profession in South Carolina, including disciplinary proceedings for attorneys. It consists of five justices, who are selected according to the unusual method of legislative election. Only one other state in the U.S. uses the legislative election method.

Before the legislature votes on a candidate for the Supreme Court, the Judicial Merit Selection Commission must develop a list of candidates by referring to the requirements in Section 2-19-135(A) of the South Carolina Constitution. These include the character, reputation, physical and mental health, ethical fitness, professional ability, and experience of each prospective candidate. The two chambers of the legislature vote together to select a candidate from the list provided by the Commission. Once they are elected, a justice serves a term of 10 years.

The South Carolina Constitution provides three ways to remove a justice. Under Article XV, they may be removed if they are impeached by a two-thirds vote of the South Carolina House of Representatives and convicted by a two-thirds vote of the South Carolina Senate. The Governor of South Carolina also may remove a justice upon the address of two-thirds of each house of the legislature. Finally, the Supreme Court may remove a justice under Article V, Section 15 if the justice has engaged in judicial misconduct or has a disability that is likely to be permanent and seriously interfere with their duties. Before removing a justice, the Supreme Court will appoint a commission on judicial conduct to investigate a complaint. This commission will hold a hearing if the investigation shows sufficient evidence of a disability or misconduct. It may recommend removal to the Supreme Court, which will decide whether to remove the justice.

Browse Opinions From the South Carolina Supreme Court

Recent Decisions From the South Carolina Supreme Court
MO-036 - Wooden v. State
Date: October 2, 2019
Docket Number: 2019
Ledford v. DPS  
Date: October 2, 2019
Docket Number: 27920

Justia Opinion Summary: The South Carolina Supreme Court granted Scott Ledford’s petition for review of the Court of Appeals’ decision to affirm the outcome of a Workers’ Compensation Commission hearing. Ledford was a former lance corporal with...

Love v. South Carolina  
Date: October 2, 2019
Docket Number: 27921

Justia Opinion Summary: Korey Love moved at the outset of his PCR hearing to amend his application for relief to add four additional grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel. The appeal before the South Carolina Supreme Court focused primar...

In the Matter of Anthony C. Odom
Date: September 25, 2019
Docket Number: 27918
Ex Parte Ninth Judicial Circuit v. In re Bradley Rowland Marshall
Date: September 25, 2019
Docket Number: 27919
Commissioners of Public Works v. City of Fountain Inn  
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: 27917

Justia Opinion Summary: An industrial park was built in an unincorporated area in Laurens County, South Carolina, between the City of Laurens (Laurens) and the City of Fountain Inn (Fountain Inn). Both municipalities provided natural gas servic...

MO-034 - 3109 Hwy. 25 S., L.L.C v. Duke Energy Carolinas
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 2019
In the Matter of Ivon Keith McCarty
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 27916
MO-033 - State v. Lott
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: 2019
Anderson County v. Preston  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: 27912

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2008, the Anderson County, South Carolina Council (2008 Council) approved a $1.1 million Severance Agreement for county administrator Joey Preston (Preston). In January 2009, a new county council (2009 Counci...

Felder v. South Carolina  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: 27913

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Antrell Felder of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Following a hearing on Felder's application for post-conviction relief ("PCR"), the PCR court issued an orde...

Cothran v. State Farm  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: 27914

Justia Opinion Summary: Wadette Cothran incurred approximately $40,000 in medical expenses from injuries she received in an automobile accident. Her employer's workers' compensation carrier paid all of her medical expenses. She was also covered...

Pantovich v. South Carolina  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: 27915

Justia Opinion Summary: Vladimir Pantovich killed his former girlfriend, Sheila McPherson, with a baseball bat during an argument in his home. He hit her with the bat more than ten times, breaking ribs, damaging internal organs, and causing lac...

South Carolina v. Burdette  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: 27910

Justia Opinion Summary: Shane Burdette shot and killed Evan Tyner (Victim). Victim died from a single shotgun pellet wound to the back of his neck. After the shooting, Burdette gave several inconsistent statements to law enforcement. The State'...

Fishburne v. South Carolina  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: 27911

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from the post-conviction relief (PCR) court's denial of relief to Derrick Fishburne. Because the PCR court's order contained no findings of fact as to one of Fishburne's primary PCR claims, the South Caro...

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