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Kinard not exactly 'retiring' from the bench
Longtime circuit court judge to be honored Thursday
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Longtime 5th Circuit Court Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr. stands in front of the Kershaw County Courthouse Monday. Kinard, who has served on the bench for 24 years, will be honored with a new portrait to be unveiled in the courthouses main courtroom at 5 p.m. Thursday. The ceremony will be attended by S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean H. Toal. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Fifth Circuit Court Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr. believes that as of 15 years ago he may have presided over as many as 36,000 cases in his time on the bench. “I don’t know if that was 36,000 people or 36,000 counts,” Kinard said Monday in his chambers at the Kershaw County Courthouse, “and who knows how many it is now.” Kinard is the guest of honor at a ceremony Thursday evening at the courthouse where a portrait of him will be unveiled.