Mission of the Administrative Law Court
The mission of the Administrative Law Court is to provide a neutral forum for fair, prompt
and objective hearings for any person affected by an action or proposed action of certain
agencies of the State of South Carolina.
Creation of the Administrative Law Court
The Administrative Law Court is an autonomous quasi-judicial agency within the executive
branch of state government. The Court was created by the South Carolina General Assembly by
Act No. 181 of 1993, to provide an independent forum for
hearing the contested cases of state agencies. Previously, citizens desiring an evidentiary
hearing to challenge the action of a State agency were heard by hearing officers employed by
that particular agency.
“The Administrative Law Court’s 2016 Rules of
Procedure, effective April 27, 2016, are now posted and can be accessed
under the ALC Rules link. The
amendments include provisions for the filing of amicus curiae briefs in
appellate cases, a provision that parties other than natural persons must be
represented by an attorney in Court proceedings, and a provision that the
filing of most motions or petitions in appellate cases does not stay the
time limits for perfecting the appeal,
Appeals from the Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) - Click here for information on filing DEW appeals.
The Court's jurisdiction is statutory in nature. Because the Court is an agency within the
executive branch of state government, its power to hear a particular type of case from a
particular agency is derived exclusively from the legislative branch of state government, the
Learn more about the jurisdiction of the Administrative Law Court.
South Carolina Administrative Law Court
Edgar A. Brown Building
1205 Pendleton St., Suite 224
Columbia, SC 29201
Voice: (803) 734-0550
Fax: (803) 734-6400