In South Carolina, there are nine different types of courts. Magistrate Courts and Summary Courts handle misdemeanors, and civil cases of amounts up to $7,500. Municipal Courts handle misdemeanors, and violations of ordinances and traffic laws. Probate Court handles estates, guardianships, and mental & substance abuse commitments. Family Courts handle domestic and juvenile cases. Circuit Courts handle common pleas civil, and general sessions criminal felony & misdemeanor cases. Master-in-Equity Courts handle equity matters referred by the Circuit Court. The Court of Appeals handles appeals from the lower courts. The South Carolina Supreme Court reviews decisions from the Court of Appeals and lower courts.
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- South Carolina Court Records | SearchSystems.net
|Court Orders | All South Carolina Courts
Search Court Orders in South Carolina from all South Carolina courts: the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit Courts, Family Courts, Master-in Equity Courts, Probate Courts, Magistrate Courts, and Municipal Courts.
|- Bankruptcies - South Carolina Pay Site
Search statewide in South Carolina for bankruptcy records, judgments, and tax liens. Search Systems Premium database. Immediate results. $5.00 per search.
|- Court Records - U.S. Fourth Circuit Appeals Pay Site
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals PACER database (South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia). Search case records and obtain dockets and document copies. Access requires PACER registration and a small fee per search.
Criminal court records from the 10th Judicial Circuit in Anderson County.
|Charleston County Judgments
Click on "Online Case Search" and then "Judgments" to search for Charleston County, South Carolina judgments by type, party name, filing date, or satisfaction date.
Public index of court records from the Darlington County
Fourth Judicial Circuit Court System.
Lexington County Summary Court, Circuit Court, and Masters-in-Equity civil, criminal & family court records, lis pendens, and judgments.
Orangeburg County First Judicial Circuit Court civil, criminal & family court records.
|Orangeburg County | Dockets
Bond, Magistrate, Court, Traffic, and Domestic Violence Courts dockets from the Orangeburg County First Judicial Circuit Summary Court.
Pickens County circuit, summary, and masters-in-equity court records, lis pendens, and judgments.
|Union County Probate Index 1782-1865
Browse this Union County, South Carolina Genealogy Home Page for Probate Records in the Union County, South Carolina Courthouse for the period 1782-1865.
York County 16th Judicial Circuit common pleas, magistrate, municipal, general sessions, and masters-in-equity court records.
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