View Amendment Current Amendment: JUD to Bill 1046

The Committee on Judiciary proposes the following amendment (SJ-1046.PB0003S):

Amend the bill, as and if amended, SECTION 2, Section 2-19-10, by striking the last undesignated paragraph and inserting:

 All appointees, except for the one provided in item (6), must be members of the South Carolina Bar and in good standing. Appointees made pursuant to items (2) and (3) may not be current members of the South Carolina General Assembly.

Amend the bill further, SECTION 3, by striking Section 2-19-10(D) and inserting:

 (D) The term of office of a member of the commission who is not a member of the General Assembly shall be for four years, except those first appointed, the members appointed by the Senate president, the Senate Judiciary chairman, the Speaker of the House, and the House Judiciary chairman shall serve an initial term of two years. Members may serve two non-consecutive terms provided a period of four years separates each term. Those initially appointed for a two-year term may serve one consecutive four-year term and a non-consecutive four-year term provided a period of four years has expired from previous service. subject to a right of removal at any time by the person appointing him, and until his successor is appointed and qualifies. A member of the commission who is a serving member of the General Assembly shall serve for the term of office to which he has been elected.

Amend the bill further, SECTION 4, by striking Section 2-19-10(G)(1) and (2) and inserting:

(1) No member of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission is eligible for nomination and appointment as a judge or justice of the state court system or administrative law judge divisioncourt while serving on the commission and for a period of one yeartwo years thereafter; and
 (2) If a candidate is a family member of a current Judicial Merit Selection Commission member, the member must resign his position on the commission. Family member is defined for the purpose of this section as a spouse, parent, brother, sister, child, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandparent, or grandchild.

Amend the bill further, SECTION 6, by striking Section 2-19-20(D) and inserting:

 (D) Any person wishing to seek a judicial office, which is elected by the General Assembly, shall file a notice of intention to seek the office with the Judicial Merit Selection Commission. Upon receipt of the notice of intention, the commission shall begin to conduct the investigation of the candidate as it considers appropriate and may in the investigation utilize the services of any agency of state government. This agency shall, upon request, cooperate fully with the commission. The investigation must include the South Carolina Bar assessment of the candidate, the Citizens Committee assessment of the candidate, and public testimony from any witness appearing before the commission. The commission may consider other information provided by any agency of state government, but such information shall be provided to the candidate seeking office at least forty-eight hours prior to a public hearing and it must be described during a public hearing. The commission must not utilize anonymous surveys sent to members of the South Carolina Bar.

Amend the bill further, SECTION 12, Section 2-19-80, by striking Section 2-19-80(A) and inserting:

 (A) The commission shall make nominations to the General Assembly of candidates and their qualifications for election to the Supreme Court, court of appeals, circuit court, family court, and the administrative law judge divisioncourt. It shall review the qualifications of all applicants for a judicial office and select therefrom and submit to the General Assembly the names and qualifications of the threeall candidates whom it considers best qualified for the judicial office under consideration. If fewer than three persons apply to fill a vacancy or if the commission concludes there are fewer than three candidates qualified for a vacancy, it shall submit to the General Assembly only the names and qualifications of those who are considered to be qualified, with a written explanation for submitting fewer than three names.