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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."
   
Propriety of a full-time magistrate presiding over criminal cases arising out of a special purpose district where the magistrate’s spouse (who is an attorney) is a friend of a board member of a special purpose district.

Propriety of a part-time municipal judge serving on the board of directors for a local not-for-profit hospital.
Propriety of a part-time municipal judge serving on the board of directors for a local charitable organization that feeds indigent hungry individuals.

Propriety of a full-time magistrate sitting on a church disciplinary committee.

Propriety of a magistrate judge accepting an invitation to serve on a county-wide Veterans Council

Propriety of a part-time municipal judge also serving as general counsel for a university.

Propriety of a part-time Magistrate Court Judge's involvement in the political campaign of the judge’s son-in-law.

Propriety of a part-time Magistrate Court Judge’s involvement in the political campaign of the judge’s spouse.

Propriety of a Magistrate Court Judge serving as the state Judicial Outreach Liaison with the American Bar Association.

Propriety of a Magistrate Court Judge employing a Berkeley County Detention Officer as constable to serve court papers on a part-time basis.