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Harriett Pierce

Kershaw County Probate Judge

Posted: October 28, 2010 10:16 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Harriett Pierce (D, incumbent)

Area of county in which you reside:

I reside in Camden


Three children and spouses; 11 grandchildren


Grandchildren and being involved in their activities; reading, mysteries; gardening; flower arranging; interior decorating; sewing; playing a little piano; playing bridge


Camden public schools

Winthrop University

CLD – 15 hours yearly – S.C. Bar Association


Probate judge of Kershaw County, 1979 to present date

Why are you running for office?

Because I love my job. It’s all about people and assisting them during some of life’s most challenging moments. I have made service to the people of Kershaw County my life’s work. I have committed myself to obtaining the best possible solution for any person needing the court’s help. I have created one of the most respected probate courts in the state and wish to continue to carry its reputation forward.

What experience qualifies you for this office?

1. My background in a local legal firm for 10 years prior to becoming probate judge

2. My on-the-job experience in the probate court for the past 32 years

3. My ability to relate to people

4. My managerial skills

5. My contacts with all of the state and local agencies

6. My ability to make fair, unbiased, common sense decisions

What are your goals for the probate judge’s office?

1. To remain one of the most respected, efficient and professional courts in the state

2. To continue to monitor our technology and keep it up-to-date. We contract with Icon Software. We have converted to their Windows application with integrated imaging. This software is installed in 19 counties in S.C. The latest versions of the desktop application software are SQL-based applications. These applications have been updated to accommodate all S.C. laws as they become effective. Icon will be releasing their Web-based probate court software that will be compatible with all S.C. laws in the first quarter of 2011. As with any software, you can only improve if you keep your hardware updated. I have to depend on Kershaw County Council, in its wisdom, to approve funds for all of the probate court’s technology

3. To continue making available to the public the ability to take them completely through the probate filing process (including preparation of all forms) without the assistance of an attorney

4. To continue operating this court in a non-partisan manner. This is not a political job; it’s about fair and equitable treatment and service to all in need in the most professional manner.


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