Current Status Bill Number:
3558Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19950208Primary Sponsor: WhiteAll Sponsors: White and McTeerDrafted Document Number: gjk\21337sd.95Residing Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 11 SJDate of Last Amendment: 19950406Subject: Family court judges, circuits
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 19950412 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee House 19950411 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19950406 Amended, read second time House 19950405 Debate adjourned until Thursday, 19950406 House 19950404 Debate interrupted House 19950329 Committee report: Favorable 25 HJ House 19950208 Introduced, read first time, 25 HJ referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
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April 6, 1995
S. Printed 4/6/95--H.
Read the first time February 8, 1995.
TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-1410, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE NUMBER OF FAMILY COURT JUDGES FOR EACH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT NO COUNTY IN THE FOURTEENTH CIRCUIT AS WELL AS THE SIXTH CIRCUIT SHALL HAVE MORE THAN ONE RESIDENT FAMILY COURT JUDGE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THIS PROVISION SHALL NOT PRECLUDE THE REELECTION OF ANY INCUMBENT FAMILY COURT JUDGE IF THIS WOULD RESULT IN MORE THAN ONE RESIDENT FAMILY COURT JUDGE FROM A PARTICULAR COUNTY IN THESE CIRCUITS.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 20-7-1410 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 20-7-1410. The General Assembly shall elect a number of Family Court Judges from each judicial circuit as follows:
First Circuit Two Judges
Second Circuit Two Judges
Third Circuit Three Judges
Fourth Circuit Three Judges
Fifth Circuit Four Judges
Sixth Circuit Two Judges
Seventh Circuit Three Judges
Eighth Circuit Three Judges
Ninth Circuit Four Judges
Tenth Circuit Three Judges
Eleventh Circuit Three Judges
Twelfth Circuit Three Judges
Thirteenth Circuit Four Judges
Fourteenth Circuit Three Judges
Fifteenth Circuit Two Judges
Sixteenth Circuit Two Judges
In the following judicial circuits at least one Family Court Judge must be a resident of each county in the circuit: fifth, seventh, ninth, tenth, twelfth, thirteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth. In those judicial circuits made up of three or more counties at least one Family Court Judge must be a resident of one of the counties which does not have the largest population in the circuit. In those judicial circuits made up of five counties, at least one Family court Judge must be a resident of one of the three counties with the smallest population in the circuit.
No county in the sixth circuit shall have more than one resident Family Court Judge."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor and applies to Family Court vacancies occurring after July 1, 1995.