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John Kittredge chosen as S.C. Supreme Courtroom Chief Justice

The South Carolina Basic Meeting elected John Kittredge to be the following Chief Justice of the State Supreme Courtroom.

S.C. Home Speaker Murrell Smith promised to advertise true conservatives to the state’s highest courtroom and now he has delivered.

Kittredge succeeds Don Beatty, who’s retiring this summer time on the necessary retirement age of 72.

Smith additionally put collectively a Judicial Reform Committee which has introduced forth a proposal to essentially change the Judicial Advantage Choice Committee. That is the group of legislators that display screen judges for appointments. We lined the reform committee’s suggestions on February 28, 2024.

633,000 voters say SC will need to have judicial reform

Within the February twenty fourth S.C. Republican Presidential Main, 91.7% of Republicans acknowledged they wished the JMSC reformed.

The reform committee proposal was criticized by Home Minority Chief Todd Rutherford, a protracted standing member of the JMSC.

What they’re attempting to do is take one thing they assume is mistaken, though they’ve by no means attended a JMSC assembly, by no means been within the room, don’t know something about it, however they’re making me out to be the boogeyman,” stated Rutherford, a lawyer himself. We’re right here to do the individuals’s work. We’re right here to elect good judges, and we’ve elected good judges.

Rutherford is a lawyer-legislator who sits on the JMSC. The JMSC is a screening committee additionally referred to as the Judicial Advantage Choice Committee.

A number of proposals for judicial reform have been put forth and Home Consultant Micah Caskey stated he can be completely satisfied to work by them. Caskey is one other lawyer-legislator who additionally sits on the JMSC. “I’m lucky sufficient to have this seat right this moment, but when I don’t tomorrow, that’s okay as nicely. So long as it’s in the perfect curiosity of South Carolina, we’ll transfer on.

It’s S.C. Senator Dick Harpootlian’s perception that some model of judicial reform will likely be handed by the Senate subsequent week.

Kittredge already sat on the S.C. Supreme Courtroom, however was not its Chief Justice. Rutherford famous that the JMSC will start screening candidates for the John Kittredge judgeship emptiness within the spring.

The John Kittredge choice strikes the S.C. Supreme Courtroom to the proper, according to most S.C. residents.