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South Carolina Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


South Carolina Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (S.C. Const.)

  2. Bills

  3. Acts and Joint Resolutions (S.C. Acts)
    This link is for the current (or most recent) session. Acts from prvious sessions, beginning in 1980, can be found in an archive.

  4. Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976 (S.C. Code)
    See also uniform laws. Previous versions of the code, beginning in 2000, are available in an archive.


South Carolina Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Rules of Procedure
  2. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules • Professional Ethics Decisions
  3. South Carolina Bar Ethics Advisory Opinions … Opinions can be text-searched but not browsed.


South Carolina Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    1. South Carolina Code of Regulations (S.C. Code Regs.)
    2. South Carolina State Register (S.C. Reg.)
      Issues from 1999–2000 forward are provided, but issues from the most-recent four years are available by subscription only.

  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. Attorney General Opinions (Ops. S.C. Atty. Gen.)


South Carolina Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    South Carolina Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all South Carolina law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.


    Other South Carolina Commentary

    1. Doing Business in South Carolina. Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham P.A. … [Lex Mundi]


    South Carolina Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    South Carolina Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Trial Court Judges — Biographical Sketches:
    3. Circuit Court Judges
    4. Family Court Judges
    5. Probate Court Judges
    6. Masters in Equity
    7. Magistrate Judges
    8. Municipal Court Judges


    South Carolina Forms

    1. U.S. District Court Forms

    2. Revenue Department: Tax Forms

    3. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other South Carolina Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Educaitonal Brochures and Forms … [South Carolina State Bar]

    3. LawLine: The South Carolina Bar FAQ … These are links to brief discussions of legal topics, for non-lawyers. Some of these topics are covered also in pamphlets (see above).

    4. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for South Carolina Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of South Carolina law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in South Carolina.

    5. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. South Carolina Bar — Public Services
      2. Ask-a-Lawyer … The Ask-a-Lawyer Program coordinates volunteer lawyers for televised phone banks and web chats in an effort to answer legal questions.
      3. Free Legal Clinics … The South Carolina Bar sponsors free legal clinics around the state. Most involve a lecture of 30-45 minutes followed by either a question-and-answer period or a five-minute one-on-one session with an attorney.
      4. Legal Assistance for Military Personnel … South Carolina attorneys will volunteer to provide free or reduced-fee legal services to active military personnel in the following practice areas: consumer law, criminal law, family law, personal-injury law, probate law, real-estate law.
      5. Pro Bono Resources … Many South Carolina lawyers offer their services for free (pro bono) to clients who cannot afford to pay for help with civil legal matters. These matters include family, housing, bankruptcy or probate matters.
      6. Instructions for Completing the Self-Represented Simple Divorce
      7. South Carolina Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      8. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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