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South Carolina
Judicial Branch
Advisory Opinions
These advisory opinions have been issued by the Advisory Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct. Rule 503(D), SCACR, provides the following regarding these opinions: "All opinions shall be advisory in nature only. No opinion shall bind the Commission on Judicial Conduct in any proceeding properly before that body. However, in the discretion of the Commission on Judicial Conduct, an opinion of the Committee may be considered as evidence of a good faith effort to comply with the Code of Judicial Conduct."
The propriety of an appellate court judge accepting an award from an environmental group.

The propriety of a part-time municipal judge, who also engages in the practice of law, to represent a municipal employee in an employment case against an entity located outside of the municipality.

The propriety of a full-time municipal judge serving on the board of a homeowners association.

Campaign limitations for a candidate for probate judge.

University raising money for the creation of a Center for Justice and Society to be named after a sitting South Carolina Supreme Court Justice.

Part-time judge as an honorary member of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.

The propriety of a Family Court Judge presiding over cases in which a lawyer (or members of the law firm) appear as counsel where the lawyer also represents the opposing party in litigation involving the judge’s spouse.

A Circuit Court judge including a letter of recommendation from the Solicitor in the application for re-election.

The propriety of a full-time Municipal Court judge being married to the City Attorney.

The propriety of a part-time ministerial recorder serving while also acting as a court-monitoring specialist with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The propriety of a full-time magistrate being married to the Chief Deputy Sheriff in the same county.

The propriety of a part-time associate municipal judge also serving as the County chairperson for a political group.

The propriety of a probate judge presiding over contested and uncontested matters in which the judge’s uncles and/or cousin are attorneys of record.

Propriety of a Supreme Court Justice, who is also the chairperson of a church council, informing other council members and church congregants on the procedure for disaffiliation from the national church organization.

The propriety of a part-time municipal judge presiding over cases involving the police where the judge’s former spouse is the Chief of Police.

The propriety of a part-time municipal judge accepting an administrative position with the City’s revenue department.

Propriety of a probate judicial candidate selling law practice and leasing office space to counsel that will appear before the Probate Court.