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Guide to Law Online: U.S. South Carolina


In South Carolina, the judiciary has four general levels. The Magistrate Courts, Municipal Courts, and Probate Courts are courts of limited jurisdiction hearing cases involving misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and probate matters. The Circuit Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction; the Family Court and Master-in-Equity also exist at this level, hearing specific cases. The Court of Appeals acts as the intermediate appellate court. The South Carolina Supreme Court is the highest court in the state.