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
State Of Georgia v. Mark Randall Meadows
Date: November 29, 2022
Docket Number: 2022-MO-010
In the Matter of Christopher G. Jacob, Respondent
Date: November 23, 2022
Docket Number: 28122
Nathenia J. Rossington v. Julio A. Rossington
Date: November 23, 2022
Docket Number: 28123
State Farm v. Windham  
Date: November 2, 2022
Docket Number: 28121

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Myra Windham was seriously injured while driving a rental car that was considered a temporary substitute vehicle under her State Farm policy. In this declaratory judgment action instituted by Petitioner State…

In the Matter of Elizabeth Anne Perkins
Date: October 12, 2022
Docket Number: 28119
South Carolina v. Brewer  
Date: October 12, 2022
Docket Number: 28120

Justia Opinion Summary: Angela Brewer was convicted of homicide by child abuse after her thirteen-month-old grandson died from drinking lemonade mixed with oxycodone. Brewer contended the court of appeals erred in upholding the trial court's…

Glenda R. Couram v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Date: October 5, 2022
Docket Number: 2022-MO-009
South Carolina v. Rampey  
Date: October 5, 2022
Docket Number: 28118

Justia Opinion Summary: Victim, who was fifteen at the time of trial, alleged she was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions by respondent Charles Rampey, her stepfather, when she was eleven and twelve years old. Victim testified that…

South Carolina v. Frasier  
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: 28117

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Michael Frasier was convicted of trafficking cocaine in excess of 100 grams after police discovered cocaine during a traffic stop for an inoperable brake light. The questions this appeal presented for the the…

Progressive Direct v. Groves  
Date: September 21, 2022
Docket Number: 28115

Justia Opinion Summary: Jimi Redman shot and killed Lynn Harrison with a rifle while both were in their vehicles at a stoplight. Immediately before the shooting, Redman, who was driving a Ford Escape, approached Harrison's GMC in the lane to…

South Carolina v. McCarty  
Date: September 21, 2022
Docket Number: 28116

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner John McCarty was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Petitioner maintained he acted in defense of another and moved for immunity from criminal prosecution…

Books-A-Million, Inc., v. South Carolina Department of Revenue  
Date: September 14, 2022
Docket Number: 28110

Justia Opinion Summary: Books-A-Million was a retail bookstore operating thirteen locations throughout South Carolina. For $25 per year, Books-A-Million customers could become members in the "Millionaire's Club" to receive retail discounts. In…

Poly-Med, Inc. v. Novus Scientific Pte. Ltd., et al.  
Date: September 14, 2022
Docket Number: 28111

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit certified a question of law to the South Carolina Supreme Court. In June 2005, Poly-Med, Inc. (Poly-Med) entered into a Sale of Materials and License Agreement…

South Carolina Public Interest Foundation, et al. v. Wilson  
Date: September 14, 2022
Docket Number: 28112

Justia Opinion Summary: South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson retained Respondents Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A., and Davidson, Wren & DeMasters, P.A., (collectively, the Law Firms) to represent the State in litigation against the United…

Richardson v. Twenty Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy-One, U.S. Currency  
Date: September 14, 2022
Docket Number: 28113

Justia Opinion Summary: Travis Green presented a facial challenge to South Carolina's civil asset forfeiture statutory scheme following law enforcement's seizure of cash and contraband during the execution of a search warrant. The circuit court…

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