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South Carolina Supreme Court
1231 Gervais St.
Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Hon. Donald W. Beatty
Patricia A. Howard
The Supreme Court Building is located at the corner of Gervais and Sumter Streets in downtown Columbia.Driving Directions:From I-20 W, merge onto SC-277 S via Exit 73A toward Columbia. Stay straight to go onto Bull Street. Turn right onto Gervais Street.From I-26 E, merge onto I-126 E via Exit 108B toward downtown Columbia. Merge onto Huger Street. Turn left onto Gervais Street.From I-26 W, merge onto US-1 Augusta Hwy via Exit 111A toward Columbia. US-1 becomes Gervais Street.
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The Supreme Court is the highest court in South Carolina. The Court is composed of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices who are elected to ten year terms by the General Assembly.The Supreme Court is located in Columbia. Until 1971, the court operated in a portion of the State House. In that year, the old Columbia Post Office, which had been purchased by the State in 1966, was reopened as the Supreme Court Building.Primarily the Supreme Court is an appellate court, which means that it reviews rulings of law reached by lower courts at trial or on appeal from other tribunals and agencies. A matter on appeal to the Supreme Court may be orally argued or decided simply on the briefs submitted by attorneys for each side. On occasion, a third party is permitted to submit a brief as a "friend of the Court" (amicus curiae) to allow the Court to receive additional views and information.The decisions of the South Carolina Supreme Court are printed in permanent form in volumes called the South Carolina Reports, which are found in law libraries throughout the State and which record our legal history back to the 1790s.
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