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2008-05-01-01

The Supreme Court of South Carolina

RE: Amendments to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules


ORDER


By order dated January 31, 2008 (copy attached), this Court adopted amendments to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules and these amendments were submitted to the General Assembly pursuant to Art. V, § 4A, of the South Carolina Constitution. Since ninety days have passed since submission without rejection by the General Assembly, these amendments are effective immediately.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

s/Jean H. Toal                                    C.J.

s/James E. Moore                             J.

s/John H. Waller, Jr.                           J.

s/Costa M. Pleicones                        J.

s/Donald W. Beatty                            J.

Columbia, South Carolina
May 1, 2008


The Supreme Court of South Carolina

RE: Amendments to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules


ORDER


Pursuant to Article V, §4 of the South Carolina Constitution, the attached amendments are made to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules. These rule amendments shall be submitted to the General Assembly as provided by Article V, § 4A of the South Carolina Constitution.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

s/Jean H. Toal                                    C.J.

s/James E. Moore                             J.

s/John H. Waller, Jr.                           J.

s/Costa M. Pleicones                        J.

s/Donald W. Beatty                            J.

Columbia, South Carolina
January 31, 2008


AMENDMENTS TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA
APPELLATE COURT RULES

1. Rule 203(d)(1)(B) is amended to read:

(B) When and What to File. The notice of appeal shall be filed with the clerk of the lower court and the clerk of the appellate court within ten (10) days after the notice of appeal is served. The notice filed with the appellate court shall be accompanied by the following:

(i) Proof of service showing that the notice has been served on all respondents;

(ii) A copy of the order(s) and judgment(s) to be challenged on appeal if they have been reduced to writing;

(iii) A filing fee as set by order of the Supreme Court;1 this fee is not required for criminal appeals or appeals by the State of South Carolina or its departments or agencies;

(iv) If the appeal is from a guilty plea, an Alford2 plea or a plea of nolo contendere, a written explanation showing that there is an issue which can be reviewed on appeal. This explanation should identify the issue(s) to be raised on appeal and the factual basis for the issue(s) including how the issue(s) was raised below and the ruling of the lower court on that issue(s). If an issue was not raised to and ruled on by the lower court, the explanation shall include argument and citation to legal authority showing how this issue can be reviewed on appeal. If the appellant fails to make a sufficient showing, the notice of appeal may be dismissed;

(v) If the notice of appeal is from a post-conviction relief case and the lower court determined that the post-conviction relief action is barred as successive or being untimely under the statute of limitations, the written explanation required by Rule 227(c), SCACR; and,

(vi) If the notice of appeal is from a habeas corpus proceeding and the lower court determined that habeas corpus relief was improper because the issues could have been raised in a timely application under the Post-Conviction Relief Act (see Simpson v. State, 329 S.C. 43, 495 S.E.2d 429 (1998)), a written explanation as to why this determination was improper. This explanation must contain sufficient facts, argument and citation to legal authority to show that there is an arguable basis for asserting that the determination by the lower court was improper. If the appellant fails to make a sufficient showing, the notice of appeal may be dismissed.

2. Rule 203(d)(1)(C) is deleted. This provision is duplicative of Rule 203(e)(1).

3. Rule 210(b) is amended to read as follows:

(b) Time for Filing. The appellant must file with the clerk of the appellate court fifteen (15) copies of the Record on Appeal no later than the date his brief(s) are due under Rule 211. As provided by Rule 238(d), one copy filed with the appellate court shall be filed unbound. The appellate court may require an appellant to file additional copies of the Record on Appeal.

4. Rule 211(a) is amended to read as follows:

(a) Time to Serve and File. Within twenty (20) days after the service of the Record on Appeal, each party shall serve a copy of his final brief(s) on every other party to the appeal, and file fifteen (15) copies of the final brief(s) with the clerk of the appellate court. As provided by Rule 238(d), one copy filed with the appellate court shall be filed unbound. The party must also file with the clerk proof that the final brief(s) has been served, and a certificate that his final brief(s) complies with Rule 211(b). The appellate court may require a party to file additional copies of its brief(s).

5. The portion of Rule 226(e) before the colon is amended to read:

(e) Appendix. At the same time the petition is filed, the petitioner shall also file two (2) copies of the Appendix with the Clerk of the Supreme Court. As provided by Rule 238(d), one copy filed with the Supreme Court shall be filed unbound. The Appendix shall include the following:

6. Rule 227(d) is amended to read:

(d) Service and Filing of Petition and Appendix. Within thirty (30) days of receipt of the transcript, petitioner shall serve a copy of the Appendix and petition for writ of certiorari on opposing counsel and shall file with the Clerk of the Supreme Court an original plus six (6) copies of the petition, two (2) copies of the Appendix, and proof of service showing the Appendix and petition have been served. As provided by Rule 238(d), one copy of the Appendix filed with the Supreme Court shall be filed unbound.

7. Rule 238(d) is amended to read as follows:

(d) Margins and Bindings. Typewritten papers or reproductions must have a blank margin of an inch and a half on the left. If more than two sheets are used, they shall be securely fastened on the left margin. While petitions or motions need not be bound, Records on Appeal, Appendices in post-conviction relief matters and briefs must be bound in volumes not exceeding 250 sheets each. If staples or clasps are used to bind the volumes, the spines of the volumes shall be bound with heavy tape. One copy of every Final Brief, Record on Appeal, Supplemental Record, or Appendix filed with the appellate court shall be filed unbound.


1By order dated April 17, 1990, this filing fee was set at one hundred ($100.00) dollars.

2North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25, 91 S.Ct. 160, 27 L.Ed.2d 162 (1970)