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Series Description

Petitions to Practice Law, 1825-1836


CALL NUMBER:        S 137004

CREATOR: Court of Appeals (1824-1836)

TITLE: Petitions to practice law

DATE: 1825-1836

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: During the period of the Court of Appeals, 1826-1836, the qualifications required of prospective attorneys were stipulated in S.C. Statute 1812(5)677, which only required a candidate to be a citizen of the state, have attained his majority, offer testimonials of his morality and good character, and the legal examination outlined in S.C. Statute 1796(5)289.

This series consists of petitions addressed to the justices of the Court of Appeals in session at Columbia and Charleston seeking permission to practice before the various courts of law. Information generally includes the applicant's professional and educational background, signed statements attesting to applicant's character and educational qualifications, the type of court before which the candidate is petitioning to practice, and a signed notation by a justice that the petition had been accepted. One folder at the beginning of the series contains the Feb. 17, 1835, appointment of a committee to examine applicants.

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 by the repository on computer output microfilm (COM) in 1991. In the computer output microfilm index this series is represented by the numeric code 0032 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 repository's website.

GENERAL NOTE: 1828 oversize boxed with Court of Appeals (1859-1868), Petitions to Practice Law, 1867.

HIERARCHICAL NOTE: Forms part of the records of the Court of Appeals (1824-1836).