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Citing South Carolina Statutes

The proper citation to a South Carolina statute includes that statute’s title, chapter, and section and the year of the volume or supplement where it is published in the South Carolina Code Annotated.

For example, South Carolina’s Payment of Wages statute referenced above would be cited as follows:

This citation indicates that currently the entire statute (§ 41-10-50) is published in a supplement to the bound volume that contains Title 41. The information in the parenthesis would be different if the statute appeared in the bound volume only [S.C. Code Ann. § 41-10-50 (1986)] or if portions of the statute appeared in both the bound volume and the supplement [S.C. Code Ann. § 41-10-50 (1986 & Supp. 2015]).

South Carolina Appellate Court Rule 268 governs the citation of South Carolina statutes. It is available via the Court Rules link on the South Carolina Judicial Department’s website.

Rule 268 also recommends The Bluebook:  A Uniform System of Citation published by the Harvard Law Review Association and A Guide to South Carolina Legal Research and Citation by Paula Gail Benson (S.C. Bar C.L.E. Division) for additional guidance.