According to a media advisory, James Lockemy, chief judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals will retire at the end of the calendar year. Lockemy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the University of South Carolina law school. He served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond and as legal counsel to a subcommittee on the Senate Judiciary Committee, after which he practiced law before being elected to the House of Representatives in 1982. He was elected a Circuit Judge in 1989 and served for 18 years until elected to the Court of Appeals in 2008. He was elected as chief judge in May 2016. He is only the fifth chief judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals.