South Carolina

South Carolina in the United States

Legal Materials

Links to the South Carolina constitution, statutory code and administrative code are posted by the South Carolina State Legislature. More links are posted by FindLaw and WashLaw. Primary legal materials are searchable on Lexis, Westlaw and LOIS. Google Scholar has free cases back to 1950; subscription sites Versuslaw and Fastcase also have cases back to 1950. Supreme and appellate court cases are reported in West’s South Eastern Reporter.

The South Carolina legislature posts an online Archives that includes Acts back to 1980 and Bills back to 1975.

The legislature also posts the South Carolina State Register. The past four years are available only by subscription; older issues are available free. The Register is searchable on Lexis (2000-present).

To check on the status of a pending bill, pull up the bill page through the legislature’s web site. For questions about pending legislation, call the Legislative Information Systems at 1-800-922-539 (in state) or 803-734-2060 (out of state).

West publishes South Carolina Jurisprudence (an encyclopedia of South Carolina law), and the South Carolina Bar publishes A Guide to South Carolina Legal Research and Citation.

For questions about South Carolina legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling the University of South Carolina School of Law Library (803-777-5902) or the South Carolina State Library (803- 734-8026).

For document retrieval, Dash Courier and Logistics (888-755-3274) covers the major cities in North and South Carolina. They also make filings with the courts, land records and secretary of state offices.

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

Primary Law

For more U.S. state primary law resources, see:

Topics Covered by the South Carolina Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the South Carolina jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together South Carolina statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • South Carolina Statutes
  • SC Cases & Case Law
  • South Carolina Legal Websites
  • SC State Government Info
  • South Carolina Counties
  • South Carolina Cities
  • South Carolina Legislation
  • SC Court Reporters/Depositions
  • South Carolina Legal Forms
  • South Carolina Courts
  • SC State Bar/Legal Associations
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement
  • South Carolina Media Sources

Resources

See Also

South Carolina: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about South Carolina. This part provides references, in relation to South Carolina, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about South Carolina by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about South Carolina and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about South Carolina or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to South Carolina and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting South Carolina. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about South Carolina should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to South Carolina when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

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