In re: Amendments to Rule 501, Canon 4, of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
Pursuant to Article V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, Rule 501, Canon 4(F), South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, is hereby amended to read as follows:
F. Service as Arbitrator or Mediator. A judge shall not act as an arbitrator or mediator or otherwise perform judicial functions in a private capacity unless expressly authorized by law.* However, a retired judge may act as an arbitrator or mediator and remain available for assignment as a judge by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, provided the judge is disqualified: (1) from mediation and arbitration in matters in which the judge served as judge; and (2) as a judge from matters in which the judge participated as mediator or arbitrator.
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
May 25, 2006