South Carolina Legislature

Judiciary Committee
Message from Chairman
Wm. Weston J. Newton
District 120, Beaufort County
As chair of the South Carolina House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the committee’s webpage.  Here you will find more information about the workings of the committee, which is one of the six standing committees in the House that vet legislation.  Its official name in the House Rules is the Committee on the Judiciary (Privileges and Elections).

The official name is important as House Rule 4.3 provides that committees have jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the subjects indicated by the names of the respective committees and the subject matter in parenthesis following the names.  As reflected in the materials on this webpage, many bills (e.g., 457 in 2023) in the House are referred to the Judiciary Committee.  The diversity of topics addressed is indicated by the committee’s five subcommittees: Constitutional Laws; Criminal Laws; General Laws; Family, Business, and Probate Law; and Special Laws.

On behalf of my colleagues, thank you for your interest in the House Judiciary Committee.  Our meetings stream online and are archived on the General Assembly’s website for the public to view.  Your input is always welcome at as many good ideas compete for limited legislative time for review.


Wm. Weston J. Newton
Committee Staff
  • Kate Crater - Chief Counsel
  • James "Jimmy" Hinson - Deputy Chief Counsel
  • Jennifer Dobson - Chief Legal Counsel
  • Teague McQueen - Exec. Asst.
Contact Information
Post Office Box 11867
Columbia, South Carolina 29211
Room 512 Blatt Building
Telephone: (803) 734-3120

Scheduled Meetings as of 02/27/2024 12:27pm EST
    Tuesday, February 27
  • 10:00 am -- Blatt Room 516 -- Liquor Liability Insurance Ad Hoc Committee
    Meeting added with agenda in PDF format on 23/02/2024 at 10:05am
    Scheduled for Live Broadcast on 23/02/2024 at 11:13am
    Thursday, February 29
  • 9:00 am -- Blatt Room 516 -- Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee
    Meeting added with agenda in PDF format on 23/02/2024 at 09:39am
    Scheduled for Live Broadcast on 23/02/2024 at 11:17am
    Agenda (in PDF format) updated on 23/02/2024 at 01:57pm

Video Archives

MembersSubcommitteesRedistrictingAd Hoc Committee
Ad Hoc Committee to investigate whether the Comptroller General has committed acts in office rising to the level that action should be taken under Article XV of the South Carolina Constitution. This review may include but is not limited to consideration of H.4068.

Information older than two years has been moved to the House Judiciary Committee Archives page.

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