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State of South Carolina

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: South Carolina

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 5 of South Carolina's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates shall not:

  • Make pledges or promises of conduct in office other than the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of the office.
  • Make statements that commit or appear to commit them with respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court.
  • Knowingly misrepresent their own or an opponent's identity, qualifications, present position, or other fact.
  • Personally solicit or accept campaign contributions or personally solicit publicly stated support. 

Candidates may establish committees to conduct their campaigns, solicit and accept reasonable contributions, manage the expenditure of campaign funds, and obtain public statements of support. Committees may solicit contributions and public support for the candidate's campaign no earlier than one year before an election and no later than 90 days after the last election in which the candidate participates during the election year.