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State of South Carolina

Methods of Judicial Selection: South Carolina

Removal of Judges

South Carolina judges may be removed in one of three ways:
  • The commission on judicial conduct is authorized to investigate complaints of judicial misconduct and incapacity. Disciplinary counsel appointed by the supreme court evaluates each complaint and either dismisses the complaint or conducts a preliminary investigation. If evidence supports the complaint, a full investigation is authorized. If the investigation supports the filing of formal charges, a hearing is conducted, after which a recommendation is made to the supreme court for sanctions, dismissal, transfer to inactive status, retirement, or removal.

  • Judges may be impeached by a two-thirds vote of the house of representatives and convicted by a two-thirds vote of the senate.

  • Judges may be removed by the governor upon the address of two thirds of each house of the general assembly.