In re: Amendments to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
Rule 410(e), SCACR, currently requires that any member wishing to practice in the Unified Court System provide a current e-mail address to the Bar, and promptly notify the Bar of any change of e-mail address. The purpose of the requirement is to allow the Bar and the respective clerks of court to quickly and efficiently communicate with members. Moreover, as the practice of law becomes increasingly driven by technology, it is paramount that all members have a current and valid e-mail address not only to facilitate prompt communication, but so that the judiciary can begin implementing e-filing procedures.
However, it has recently come to the Court’s attention that an unacceptable number of members have failed to provide the Bar with their current e-mail addresses. Further, it is essential that all members, not just those practicing in the Unified Court System, provide the Bar with current e-mail address information.
Therefore, pursuant to Article V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, we hereby amend Rule 410(e), South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, as set forth in the attachment, to require that all members, other than retired members, provide the Bar with a current e-mail address. Further, members are now required to update change of address information within ten days of any such change. Members who have not yet provided their current e-mail address shall submit that information to the Bar by April 3, 2006.
The amendment is effective immediately.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Jean H. Toal C.J.
s/E.C. Burnett, III J.
s/Costa M. Pleicones J.
Columbia , South Carolina
February 21, 2006