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Judicial Records South Carolina: How to Get Free Judicial Records in the State of South Carolina?

Judicial records are public records that are associated with a court proceeding. Civil or criminal case hearings, judgment, document registrations, financials, bankruptcies, liens, divorce records, indictment records, arrest records, etc. are the common judicial records that are created, maintained and archived in South Carolina.

These records are available in the state archives and department of justice websites as most of the court records are digitized these days. According to the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act (S.C code Ann. 30-4-10 to 30-4-55), any general public can access free judicial records and they need not submit a statement of purpose as well.

Uses of Judicial Records

The South Carolina Police Department performs background checks of people who apply for driving license, passport or social security number. Along with the Police department, there are other agencies that perform background checks for organizations as private investigations. These are mostly done on new employees or while renting a house or property for business. Judicial records are important legal records that can help people to identify if anyone is involved in crime such as

  • Shoplifting
  • Forgery
  • Identity theft
  • Criminal activities like stealing or trespassing etc.

If there is any criminal record or court record on the name of the person, then the employer can choose to hire or reject the candidate.

South Carolina Judicial Records

How to get free judicial records in South Carolina?

The judicial records of South Carolina can be obtained in different ways.

Legal records

The important legal records like marriage record, divorce records, adoption records are maintained by the State Department of Health and Environmental Control working under the vital records division. Most of these records are public but there are few exceptions wherein the record can be accessed only by the divorcee and their kids if they are above 18 years old. Divorce records can be also collected from the family courts. One can visit

South Carolina Vital Records State Office

2600 Bull St

Columbia SC 29201


https://www.searchquarry.com/south-carolina-divorce-records/ is the website through which one can get divorce records online. The request involves a processing fee.

Criminal Records

When someone is arrested an arrest record is created. The department of justice and department of corrections maintain the criminal justice records related to a prison inmate and the released convicts. One can refer to the https://www.justice.gov/jmd/ls/south-carolina and

http://www.doc.sc.gov/InmateSearchDisclaimer.html can be used to search for free judicial records in the state. If an incarcerated person is requesting to access a judicial record, the permission is not given to the concerned due to security reasons. If one is not able to locate the record they can write at corrections.info@doc.sc.gov for further assistance. The telephone number in which they can contact the DOC is 1-866-727-2486

 Judicial Records South Carolina
State Judicial records

The South Carolina State, municipality and county judicial records can be searched online from https://southcarolina.staterecords.org/

The state archive maintains over 45 million public records transparently and reliably. There is also the National center for state courts (NCSC) from where one can fetch online court records for a criminal background check. Marriage records prior to 1961 are not archived in the database. Hence these record copies can only be fetched form family court. Also one can reach

South Carolina Department of Social Services

PO number 1520

Columbia SC 29202

Property records

Property records are also important judicial records that include tax payment details, registration details, and owner details. These judicial records can be fetched from the state municipal and county head office where one has to submit a request for a duplicate record and the request will be processed in 15 days.

Judicial records based background check is generally performed by Law enforcement division. The request for a criminal record check involves fingerprint identification to avoid false positives. This also includes a processing fee of 25 USD. The sex offender registry can be accessed for free online to perform character investigation of the general public in South Carolina.

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