Ninth Circuit Judge Deadra Jefferson of Charleston is among five candidates running for an open seat on the South Carolina Supreme Court.

The other candidates are Circuit Judge John Few of Greenville; Chief Court of Appeals Judge Kaye Hearn of Conway; Family Court Judge Eugene Morehead of Florence; and Court of Appeals Judge Bruce Williams of Columbia, the Associated Press reported.

The Judicial Merit Selection Commission will hold a public hearing to screen the candidates April 13. They can nominate no more than three people.

The House and Senate will then pick the new justice, who will serve out the remaining three years of the term of retiring Associate Justice John Waller.