CREATOR: Court of Appeals in Equity (1809-1824)
TITLE: Petitions to practice law
VOLUME: 0.33 cubic ft. and 0.01 cubic ft.
ARRANGEMENT: Series arranged chronologically by filing date. For indexing
purposes, the petitions have been assigned numbers.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE: S.C. Statute 1812(5)677 required attorneys
to be citizens of the state, have attained their majority, offer character
references, and pass the legal examination outlined in S.C. Statute 1796(5)289.
The 1796 act required applicants to submit their petitions of admittance to the
courts at Columbia or Charleston while they were in session. Upon approval of a
candidate's qualifications, he would be examined by a competent number of the
bar presided over by at least two justices and, after passing the examination,
be admitted to the bar.
SUMMARY SCOPE NOTE: This series consists of petitions addressed to the
justices of the Court of Appeals in Equity at Charleston. Information includes
the applicant's educational and professional background and certified statements
attesting to the candidate's educational qualifications. The petitions bear a
signed and dated notation by a court justice as to when the petition was
INDEX/FINDING AID: The names of the applicants and of the persons
offering testimonials in their behalf are indexed in the repository's On-line
Combined Index to Multiple Record Series, 1675-1929, and in the Combined
Alphabetical Index produced on computer output microfilm (COM) by the repository
in 1991. In the computer output microfilm index this series is represented by
the numeric code 0023 002.
ADDITIONAL FORM: The entire series has been digitized. The digital
images are linked to index hits from the On-line Records Index on the
GENERAL NOTE: Petition No. 28 filed in 1812 boxed with Court of Appeals
(1824-1836), Petitions to Practice Law, 1828.
HIERARCHICAL NOTE: Forms part of the records of the Court of Appeals in