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S.C. Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee releases reports on judicial candidates

April 14, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 14, 2014) — The South Carolina Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee has released its reports on the qualifications of judicial candidates.

The reports reflect the composite perspective provided by members of the Bar who were interviewed about each candidate’s qualifications. A significant number of interviews were sought by the Committee for each candidate, and the candidates themselves were directly interviewed. The investigative interviews were confidential to encourage candid responses, and sitting legislators were not contacted to prevent any inference that a legislator was being asked to endorse a candidate.

The candidates are evaluated in nine categories: constitutional qualifications; mental stability; physical health; ethical fitness; character, professional and academic ability; experience; reputation; and judicial temperament. Each candidate receives an evaluation of qualified or unqualified as to constitutional qualifications, mental stability and physical health. In the remaining categories, each candidate receives an evaluation of well qualified, qualified or unqualified. Finally, the candidate receives an overall evaluation of well qualified, qualified or unqualified. A candidate will only receive an overall well qualified if he or she is evaluated as well qualified in those remaining categories. Conversely, if a candidate is identified as unqualified in any of the nine areas, that candidate receives an overall evaluation of unqualified.

Click here to access the reports.

The reports will be forwarded directly to members of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission of the South Carolina General Assembly.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 15,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.


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