The Supreme Court of South Carolina
Pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. § 22-2-5 (Supp. 2001), the Office of South Carolina Court Administration, in cooperation with the technical college system, is required to select and administer an eligibility examination to test basic skills of persons seeking an initial appointment as magistrate on or after July 1, 2001. No person is eligible to be appointed as magistrate unless he receives a passing score on the eligibility examination, the results of which are valid for six months before and six months after the time the appointment is to be made.
After thoughtful deliberation, the Magistrates Advisory Council, created pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. § 22-1-19 (Supp. 2001), has made certain recommendations to this Court concerning the eligibility examination.
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 4, Article V, South Carolina Constitution,
IT IS ORDERED that the eligibility examination for the initial appointment of magistrates shall consist of the Wonderlic Personnel Test and the Watson-Glasser Critical Thinking Appraisal Test. In order to successfully complete the eligibility examination and be considered for an initial appointment as a magistrate, an individual must achieve a minimum aggregate point score of 68 on the two tests. All individuals seeking an initial appointment as a magistrate must take the eligibility examination. If an individual does not achieve a passing score on the eligibility examination, that individual may retake the examination whenever available and as many times as necessary to achieve a passing score. The actual score achieved shall be provided to the individual taking the examination, as well as to the members of the senatorial delegation in the county where the individual is seeking initial appointment as a magistrate. Otherwise, the score shall remain confidential unless this Court authorizes the release of confidential information to other persons or agencies.
The Office of South Carolina Court Administration shall provide a list of readily available texts and periodicals, which may be used by applicants preparing for the eligibility examination, to all eligibility examination applicants.
The Office of South Carolina Court Administration, in cooperation with the technical college system, shall designate times and locations for the administration of the eligibility examination. Those entities shall develop procedures for notification of applicants, distribution of scores, and any other matters necessary for the administration of the eligibility examination. The technical college system may assess a reasonable fee from each participant who takes the examination in order to pay for all associated costs.
The provisions of this Order become effective immediately and remain in effect until amended or revoked by Order of this Court.
s/Jean H. Toal C.J.
s/James E. Moore J.
s/John H. Waller, Jr. J.
s/E. C. Burnett, III J.
s/Costa M. Pleicones J.
Columbia, South Carolina
October 9, 2002