1976 South Carolina Code of Laws
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Title 18 - Appeals



SECTION 18-3-10. Appeals to Court of Common Pleas.

Every person convicted before a magistrate of any offense whatever and sentenced may appeal from the sentence to the Court of Common Pleas for the county.

SECTION 18-3-20. How appeals shall be taken and prosecuted.

All appeals from magistrates' courts in criminal causes shall be taken and prosecuted as prescribed in this chapter.

SECTION 18-3-30. Time for appeal and statement of grounds; payment of fine does not waive right of appeal.

The appellant shall, within ten days after sentence, serve notice of appeal upon the magistrate who tried the case, stating the grounds upon which the appeal is founded.

Any person convicted in a magistrate's court who pays a fine assessed by the court does not thereby waive his right of appeal and, upon proper notice, may appeal his conviction within the time allotted in this section.

SECTION 18-3-40. Papers shall be filed with clerk of court.

Within ten days after service the magistrate shall file the notice in the office of the clerk of court, together with the record, a statement of all the proceedings in the case, and the testimony taken at the trial as provided in Section 22-3-790.

SECTION 18-3-50. How bail shall be given.

Upon service of the notice the magistrate shall, on demand of the defendant, admit him to bail in such reasonable sum, and with good sureties, as the magistrate may require, with conditions:

(1) To appear at the court appealed to and at any subsequent term to which the case may be continued, if not previously surrendered, and so from term to term until the final decree, sentence or order of the court thereon;

(2) To abide such final sentence, order or decree and not depart without leave; and

(3) In the meantime to keep the peace and be of good behavior.

SECTION 18-3-60. Clerk shall enter case on motion calendar of court of common pleas.

The clerk of court, upon receipt of the case, shall place it upon the motion calendar of the court of common pleas.

SECTION 18-3-70. No examination of witnesses; action of court.

The appeal must be heard by the Court of Common Pleas upon the grounds of exceptions made and upon the papers required under this chapter, without the examination of witnesses in that court. And the court may either confirm the sentence appealed from, reverse or modify it, or grant a new trial, as to the court may seem meet and conformable to law.

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