The Criminal Appeals Section represents the interests of the State of South Carolina in the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court in all appeals from criminal convictions in South Carolina, except appeals arising from murder convictions. A criminal defendant may appeal to the state appellate courts from a criminal conviction and sentence asserting that error was committed during trial which requires the case be remanded to the trial court or the conviction or sentence be vacated or reversed. The State may also be the appellant in limited instances.
The Criminal Appeals Section prepares briefs for consideration by the appellate courts addressing any issues raised by the defendant or raising any issues the State seeks to have reviewed when the State is appellant. The appellate courts may allow oral argument on the issues, and the attorneys will have the opportunity to directly present their case to the judges.