FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center will host the first stop of the South Carolina Court of Appeals’ tour around the state Thursday morning.

Chief Judge James Lockemy said the Court of Appeals was following the lead of the South Carolina Supreme Court by holding court in other locations throughout the state.

In April 2019, the Supreme Court held a session in nearby Conway, it’s first stop outside Columbia.

The appeals court also has a plan to hold court in the Upstate in the fall.

The three cases being heard by the court will feature lawyers connected to Florence or northeastern South Carolina.

The first hearing over an order from the trial court denying a motion to correct a clerical mistake will feature Hugh L. Willcox of Willcox, Buyck and Williams, a Florence law firm, representing respondent Herringtons LLC.

The second hearing appealing a family court order valuing marital assets will feature Karl Huggins Smith arguing for appellant Alicia M. Rudick and Kevin Mitchell Barth of Barth Ballenger and Lewis, another Florence law firm, and Marian Dawn Nettles OF Nettles Turbeville and Reddeck, a Lake City law firm, for the respondent, Brian R. Rudick.

The third and final hearing over a payment dispute features Horry County Fire Rescue as respondent. Henrietta U. Golding and James Keith Gilliam, attorneys for Horry County Fire Rescue, are lawyers at a law firm in Myrtle Beach.

Immediately following the last argument, the judges will have a brief discussion about the judicial branch of government and how it fits into a representative democracy.

Attendance at the hearings is free and the public is encouraged to attend, Lockemy said. He added that he expected some members of the General Assembly would likely be in attendance to answer questions about the legislative branch of government’s role.

The Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center opened in 2011 through a partnership between Francis Marion University and the city of Florence, and with a substantial private gift from the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation.

Government and Poltics Reporter

I cover the city of Florence, the county of Florence, the state legislative delegation of Florence County and surrounding areas, and the federal delegation representing the Pee Dee for the Morning News.

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