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James Davis appointed Chief Magistrate for Kershaw County

Posted: July 6, 2017 5:19 p.m.
Updated: July 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.

James Davis

James Davis has been appointed chief magistrate for the summary and municipal courts in Kershaw County.

Davis initially came to Kershaw County as its recreation director asnd became a magistrate judge in 2013.

The chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court routinely appoints new chief magistrate judges throughout all 46 counties in South Carolina; these chief magistrates are responsible for the overall administration of the summary and municipal courts, Davis noted. 

“For the past several years, this post has been held by Judge Roderick M. Todd Jr. and is now is my responsibility,” Davis said. “I am humbled by this appointment and look forward to the challenge that lies ahead of me. The burden to insure that the summary and municipal courts of our county comply with the mandates set by our supreme court and other rules established by the S.C. Court Administration is a heavy one, but necessary to our system of justice and vital to those served by it.”

Davis also praised Todd’s leadership and accomplishments during his tenure as chief magistrate. 

“Although I have plans and goals ahead that I would like to accomplish during my tenure as chief, I would be remiss not to mention the work that has been done by my predecessor, Judge Todd,” Davis said. “Judge Todd took the helm at a time when the courts across our state were required to make significant changes if they were to serve the citizens of our county and state effectively and efficiently. He immediately began to set plans in motion and laid the groundwork to accomplish the task. Under his tireless leadership, our local courts today are in a much better position and I intend to build on the well-laid foundation that he has established. Due process of law was his mantra and one that I gladly adopt, for it is truly the very cornerstone of our system of justice.

“I look forward to working with the Summary Court staff, judges, attorneys, law enforcement and the citizens of our great County to make our local court system a beacon for others to follow,” Davis said.


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