South Carolina

South Carolina Supreme Court By The Numbers:


Former prosecutor

Former civil rights lawyer

  • 5 total seats
  • 0 current vacancies
  • 1 prosecutor
  • 0 public defenders
  • 0 Justices have other indigent defense experience
  • 1 civil rights lawyer

How Members of the South Carolina Supreme Court are Selected:

Legislative Election

Justice are selected by a majority vote of the South Carolina Legislature and nominated for consideration by the South Carolina Judicial Merit Selection Commission. Members of the Selection Commission are appointed by state house and senate leadership. If elected, a justice serves a 10-year term and must be re-elected by the legislature to remain on the court.

Selection method sources:

Ballotpedia, Judicial Election Methods By State; Brennan Center for Justice, Judicial Selection: An Interactive Map; South Carolina Legislature, General Judicial Merit Selection Commission Information