South Carolina Court Records Search

What is Included in South Carolina Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

South Carolina Court Record Lookup

South Carolina SC court records are crucial to executing a legal order made by a judge or magistrate in South Carolina, whether collecting child support, clearing one’s driving record, claiming an inheritance, or enrolling in a court-ordered treatment program. These records are public documents, available to anyone by performing South Carolina court records search.

Courts of limited jurisdiction

Magistrate courts are county-level courts with limited criminal and civil (up to $7,500) jurisdiction as well as traffic tickets and some landlord-tenant issues exceeding $7,500.

Municipal courts hear cases involving violations of municipal ordinances which are criminal and misdemeanor records with penalties not exceeding 30 days in jail.

Probate courts are located in each county. These courts have jurisdiction over estates and wills, guardianships, marriage licenses, care of the mentally ill and “chemically dependent.”

Family courts handle divorce cases, child custody, domestic abuse, and similar issues. Anyone can obtain these South Carolina court records online through South Carolina court case lookup.

The Administrative Law Court hears complaints about the state’s professional licensure board and other state agencies.

Trial courts

State circuit courts are found in 16 circuits around the state and each is divided into two divisions: the court of common pleas for civil matters and the general sessions division for criminal complaints. This court also hears appeals of disputed decisions from state agencies and lower courts.

Records from these South Carolina courthouses may be searched online by conducting South Carolina court record lookup. Juvenile case information, as well as other records with names of crime victims, are likely to be restricted due to confidentiality laws.

In a recent year the courts saw more than 700 felony domestic violence cases, 36 hunting offenses, about 4,000 aggravated assault and battery cases (including two “by mob, resulting in death”); 11 carjackings, and almost 700 violent burglaries.

Appellate courts

An intermediate court of appeals hears disputed cases from lower courts. The state supreme court hears all death penalty appeals, disputed election issues, minors seeking abortions, public utility rate disputes, and certain grand jury situations.

Bankruptcy court

There is at least one U.S. District Court in each state that handles bankruptcy cases, multi-state lawsuits, violations of federal laws, and more. 

South Carolina Notable Court Cases

The most notable case originating from the South Carolina court system is Edwards v. South Carolina (1963). This case began as a result of African-American students peacefully assembling to protest at a Baptist church in 1961. They marched to the state house to express their grievances regarding their civil rights in the state. Petitioners were not violent, but refused to disperse and were arrested on charges of breach of the peace. South Carolina trial courts convicted the petitioners and the decision was upheld by the South Carolina Supreme Court, however, the U.S. Supreme Court dissented and determined that the state had infringed upon their right to free speech, free assembly and freedom to petition.

South Carolina Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 326,083
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 6,573
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 97%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 215,904

Civil Caseloads for South Carolina, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 1,203,766 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 6,573 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 97% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload
2013$7500199,6164,18167%
2014$7500210,6334,35969%
2015$7500182,0093,71766%
2016$7500215,9044,35266%

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 15, 2018
George Washington's Birthday / President's DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Confederate Memorial DayThursday, May 10, 2018
National Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor Day Monday, September 3, 2018
Veterans Day (Observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Day after Thanksgiving DayFriday, November 23, 2018
Christmas EveMonday, December 24, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018
Day after ChristmasWednesday, December 26, 2018

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates

Court of Appeals Caseloads