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York County legal community bids farewell to retiring Circuit Judge John C. Hayes III

Dozens of people who work at the Moss Justice Center courthouse in York surprised retiring Circuit Judge John C. Hayes III Friday, at the end of his last day of holding court, with a standing ovation. Hayes, a judge since 1991, has mandatory retirement Dec. 31 because he has reached age 72. Hayes will continue as a retired judge on what is called active/retired status, in which he still will be assigned some cases around South Carolina.

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