Judge J. Ernest Kinard, Jr., born Newberry, South Carolina October 18, 1939, J. Ernest Kinard, Sr. and Blanche Lominick Kinard. Married Kay L. Davis-1963, three (3) children-Kay, Audrey and John, five grandchildren, Justice, Corinne, Eliza, Vivian and Davis. Clemson College 1957-1960, University of South Carolina - BA 1961, LLB 1964 (Wig and Robe). General practice in Camden, SC 1964-1968; then managing partner of Savage, Royall, Kinard, Sheheen & Byars, 1968 to 1988; handled virtually all types of legal matters from Magistrate's Court cases and tax problems through contracts, banking matters and capital offenses, as well as corporate and bankruptcy litigation.
Resident Judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Seat 1, May 3, 1988 until present, P. O. Box 1707, Camden, South Carolina 29021, Tel. (803)425-7182. First in seniority among active Circuit Judges and have held court in all 46 counties; Served as Acting Associate Justice South Carolina Supreme Court on several occasions. Selected as the 2006 Trial Judge of the Year by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Criminal/1 year 1989-1990; Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Civil/18 months January 1991-July 1992; Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Criminal, 1993/1 year; Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Civil 1994-1995/18 months; Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes, Civil and Criminal, Twelfth Judicial Circuit 1996-1997/1 year; Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes, Eighth Judicial Circuit 1998; Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Civil/1 year January 1-Dec. 31, 1999; Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit/6 months January 1-July 31, 2000; Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes, Fourth Judicial Circuit/6 months; Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes, Fifth Judicial Circuit-Civil; January 1, 2005-June 30, 2006.
First Presiding Judge of the State Grand Jury 1989 - 1990; Alternate Presiding Judge of the State Grand Jury 1991 - 1992; Presiding Judge of the State Grand Jury 1993; Alternate Presiding Judge of The State Grand Jury 1994, 1995 and 1999. Chairman of Uniform Civil Jury Charge Committee 1991 ----. Presiding Judge for the first bar special settlement week 1991 - Pilot Project Complex Litigation 1992; Pilot Project Alternate Dispute Resolution 1993 - 1995, Fifth Judicial Circuit; Pilot Project Alternate Dispute Resolution, Florence County, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, 1996 - 1997, Fifth Circuit, 1999. Chairman, Task Force on Circuit Court Operations 2004, Organizer, Chief Administrative Judge's School 2004.
Speaker/Presenter, Moderator and Program Chairman at various JCLE and CLE programs. National Judicial College graduate 1989, 1993; Group Facilitator at National Judicial College--General Jurisdiction in 1996, Criminal Evidence in 1998 and Advanced Evidence in 2000, General Jurisdiction in 2006 and have received over 1,000 hours of JCLE credits since being elected to the bench.
Member American Bar, American Judges, Kershaw County, Richland County and South Carolina Bar Associations; American Judicature Society; John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court; South Carolina Association of Circuit Judges; Past President of Camden Sertoma Club, Camden Country Club, Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, Kershaw County Bar Association , John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court and South Carolina Association of Circuit Judges; Vice Chairman Wateree Community Action, Inc.; Trustee Louise Proctor Trust; Member Kershaw County Commission on Drug Abuse; Director Wateree Valley Clemson Club; Councilman St. Timothy's Lutheran Church; Secretary Camden Charity Horse Show 1967 -1987; Sustaining Fellow South Carolina Bar Foundation; Life Member Sertoma International.