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Costa M. Pleicones

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Costa M. Pleicones
Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court
In office
January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Preceded byJean H. Toal
Succeeded byDonald W. Beatty
Associate Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court
In office
March 23, 2000 – December 31, 2015
Preceded byJean H. Toal
Succeeded byJohn Cannon Few[1]
Personal details
Born (1944-02-29) February 29, 1944 (age 76)
Greenville, SC
Alma materWofford College (B.A.) University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D.)

Costa Pleicones (born February 29, 1944) is an American jurist who served as the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. He has served on the court since being elected in February 2000 to replace Justice Toal (who assumed the chief justice position at that time).[2] He was sworn in on March 29, 2000.[3] Before being elected to the court, his judicial experience included serving on the courts for the city of Columbia and as a Circuit Court Judge. On May 27, 2015, Justice Pleicones was elected to replace Chief Justice Jean Toal. His term began January 1, 2016, and his investiture as Chief Justice of South Carolina took place on January 7, 2016.[4]

Justice Pleicones was born in Greenville and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended Wofford College and graduated with a degree in English in 1965. Prior to his election to the South Carolina judiciary Pleicones was active for more than thirty years in the United States Army Reserve where he served as an officer in the Judge Advocate's General Corps. The justice has also worked in private practice and as a public defender for Richland County.

A frequent lecturer, Costa Pleicones has been called upon by many professional organizations including CLE programs by the South Carolina Bar. He presently serves as a member of the Wofford College Board of Trustees.

Personal life

Pleicones was born in the state of South Carolina to Lecha and Mike Pleicones.[5] In his childhood, he was friends with his predecessor Justice Jean Toal.[6] He is of Greek descent and is Greek Orthodox. Pleicones is married with two children.[7]


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  2. ^ Monk, John (June 24, 2013). "Justice Pleicones will face Toal in State Supreme Court chief justice race". The State. Columbia, South Carolina. Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "Pleicones sworn in as justice". Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, South Carolina. March 30, 2000. pp. B3. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Collins, Jeffrey (May 27, 2015). "South Carolina lawmakers make Pleicones 1st new chief justice in 15 years". Post and Courier. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
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  6. ^ Dukakis, Michael S.; Portz, John H. (2015-01-28). Leader-Managers in the Public Sector: Managing for Results: Managing for Results. ISBN 9781317466345.
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