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South Carolina
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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."
Propriety of a part-time probate judge continuing his or her practice of law

Propriety of a part-time magistrate judge accepting a part-time position as a background investigator for the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.

Propriety of a circuit court judge receiving payment of attorney fees for legal work pertaining to veterans’ disability cases performed before his ascension to the bench.

Propriety of a part-time municipal court judge serving on the Board of Directors for the local Farm Bureau.

Propriety of a magistrate judge serving on a domestic violence fatality review committee.

Propriety of a family court judge, who is also the chief administrative judge, handling matters in which the lawyer or law firm representing the judge’s assistant appears.

Propriety of a municipal court judge’s docket clerk dating a law enforcement officer.

Propriety of a municipal court judge’s clerk also working as a full-time paralegal for the City Solicitor’s office.

Propriety of a retired circuit court judge writing a letter to the Governor recommending a retiring Chief Public Defender for an award (The Order of The Silver Crescent.

Propriety of magistrate judges hosting a radio talk show.

Propriety of a full-time magistrate serving as the listed agent of a 501(c)(4) organization and/or acting as the director of a 501(c)(4) organization.

Propriety of a full-time magistrate, who is also a trained mediator specializing in family mediation, owning a limited liability company that provides mediation services.

Propriety of a part-time magistrate participating, as executive director of a nonprofit organization, in certain fundraising and donating activities.

Propriety of a part-time magistrate who also serves as a director for a non-profit charitable organization receiving an allocation of funds from the county to assist in the organization’s mission.

Propriety of a full-time magistrate also being employed as a motivational speaker.

Propriety of a family court judge testifying as a witness in an out-of-state hearing for the judge’s friend in a custody/relocation action.