The League of Women Voters of South Carolina is meeting in Charleston today to look at ways to create diversity in the state’s judiciary. Currently, South Carolina has only five out of 46 women serving as circuit court judges, and 16 black judges out of 186 in the state. The league is in Charleston to talk about ways to make the state’s courts match the diversity of the state. Conference organizer Constance Anastopoulo with the Charleston School of Law says it’s not about race or gender, it’s about quality.
We want a system that takes politics out of it. We want a non-partisan system that selects judges based on merit and quality of the individual.
Currently, the selection commission decides which candidates are qualified. The justices are then elected by the state legislature, which has the lowest percentage of female lawmakers in the nation. Anastopoulo says the idea is to get away from what she calls old antics and politics. Today’s conference is from 1 to 5:30 p.m.