By Order dated October 28, 2002, the Honorable Henry F. Floyd was assigned to oversee all outstanding and future orders of the Courts of General Sessions committing criminal defendants to the facilities of the Department of Mental Health. find that these duties should be reassigned.
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the provisions of S.C. CONST. Art. V, §4,
IT IS ORDERED that the Honorable J. Michael Baxley is vested with statewide jurisdiction over enforcement of all outstanding and future orders issued by Courts of General Sessions committing defendants to the Department of Mental Health pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. Sections 44-23-430 or 17-24-40. This includes jurisdiction over any currently pending enforcement actions, any actions that may be initiated during the period this Order remains effective, as well as any actions by the Department of Mental Health to stay enforcement of such commitment orders. Any pleadings related to the commitment orders shall be filed in the county where the commitment order was issued with a copy also mailed to Judge Baxley and General Counsel of the Department of Mental Health.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Honorable J. Michael Baxley shall have jurisdiction to review and approve a statewide plan for the orderly and timely disposition of commitment orders and to monitor the status of all inmates currently in custody and awaiting admission pursuant to commitment orders.
This Order shall take effect September 1, 2003 and remain in effect until further order of this Court.
|s/Jean Hoefer Toal
Jean Hoefer Toal,
August 14, 2003
Columbia, South Carolina