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      Toal, Pleicones tout skill for SC's top legal job

      South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Toal

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Chief Justice Jean Toal says she needs a few more years leading South Carolina's court system to wrap up major projects like a statewide system for filing court documents electronically.

      Toal told the Judicial Merit Selection Commission on Tuesday that she also would like more time to modernize the state's court reporting system and finish overseeing renovations at the state's appellate courts.

      Associate Justice Costa Pleicones is challenging Toal's pursuit of a new term. Pleicones told the commission a fresh perspective can be good in any business and says he has the experience needed for the job.

      Toal's term expires next year. The 10-member commission determines if candidates are qualified for the judicial posts they seek. South Carolina lawmakers later vote to select the state's judges.