The Supreme Court of South Carolina was visited by me on 15 November 2017.
The Supreme Court of South Carolina is the highest court in South Carolina.
The court includes a chief and four associate judges.
I went to the court around 10 AM.
Before entering the court, I had security checks.
My mobile phone was not permitted to be turned on within the court premises.
Since I am not a lawyer, I needed to obtain an authorization from the security to enter the court premises.
I was able to learn from one of the judges that the court has both appellate and original jurisdiction.
Peggy D. Conits was the Respondent v. Spiro El. Conits. This case was my court visit.
I went into court and saw that everyone was patiently waiting for the judge.
The court room was also attended by both the defendants and plaintiffs.
I learned that today was the last hearing date in the case.
All of the persons in the courtroom stood up when the judge arrived.
The appeal was against the court of appeal’s decision in the case.
The appellant had filed a petition seeking to be granted a writ for certiorari in opposition to the court of appeal’s decision in Conits. 417 S.C.127 and 789 S.E.2d 52.
The Supreme Court decided in favor of the appellant, and granted the petition.
The judge said that contradicting evidence had been presented by the parties.
The attorneys for the petitioner were Kenneth C. Porter, Porter & Rosenfeld, as well as David Alan Wilson, of The Law Offices of David A. Wilson, LLC, Greenville. The attorney for respondent was Timothy E. Madden, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Greenville.
While the case concerned a question of divorce, which was handled in the family court, this case only addressed the value and scale of the farm in Greece.
Although the appellant made an appeal in the court-of-appel regarding the farm issue, the court ruled that it was not up for appellate review.
The appellant provided information to the COA indicating that he owned three-acres of land in Greece and not a 30-acre Farm.
The Supreme Court ruled the appeal was within the court’s jurisdiction.
It was an incredible experience to have my first formal visit at the Supreme Court.
I was taught many etiquettes by lawyers and others who have to keep the court’s records.
I discovered that the court can reject a request to review an appeal. This allows you to appeal to the higher court.