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2006-06-01-02

The Supreme Court of South Carolina

RE: Checklist for Magistrates and Municipal Judges


O R D E R



The judges of the magistrate and municipal courts of South Carolina being a part of the unified judicial system, and pursuant to the provisions of Article V, Section 4, of the South Carolina Constitution,

IT IS ORDERED that the "Checklist for Magistrates and Municipal Judges," attached and made a part of this Order, shall be used by magistrates and municipal judges in all General Sessions Court cases and in all Magistrate and Municipal Court cases in which bond has been set by a judge.

Magistrates and municipal judges shall attach the checklist to the charging document (arrest warrant or uniform traffic ticket) at the bail proceeding or first appearance for non-bailable offenses. If the cases are transmitted to the Court of General Sessions, the checklist shall be sent to the Clerk of Court with the charging paper and other papers pertaining to the case. If the case is within the trial jurisdiction of the magistrate or municipal judge, the checklist shall be attached to the charging paper and kept as a part of the case in the magistrate or municipal court for a period of fifteen (15) years in the case of criminal non-traffic offenses. If the charging paper is issued for the offense of DUI, the checklist shall be attached to the charging paper and kept as a part of the case in the magistrate and municipal court for a period of ten (10) years. If the charging paper is issued for any traffic offense other than DUI, the checklist shall be attached to the charging paper and kept as a part of the case in the magistrate or municipal court for a period of five (5) years.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all magistrates and municipal judges must complete the section of the 'Checklist for Magistrates and Municipal Judges' advising defendants of the right to court appointed counsel if indigent and instructions on how to obtain court appointed counsel in each court's individual jurisdiction. A copy of the 'Checklist for Magistrates and Municipal Judges' must be provided to all defendants at their bond hearing or first appearance.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Chief Judge for Administrative purposes in each county shall be responsible for supervising the magistrates and municipal judges in that county in complying with this Order. The "Checklist for Magistrates and Municipal Judges" will be distributed by South Carolina Court Administration.

The provisions of this Order are effective immediately and revoke and replace all previous Orders directing the use of the "Checklist for Magistrates and Municipal Judges".

 
s/ Jean Hoefer Toal                             
Jean Hoefer Toal
Chief Justice

June 1, 2006
Columbia, South Carolina