The Supreme Court of South Carolina
Re: County Court Security Committees
O R D E R
This Order supersedes the Order of the Chief Justice dated August 4, 2006.
Pursuant to the provisions of S. C. CONST. Art. V, § 4,
IT IS ORDERED THAT each county shall establish a standing Court Security Committee to address courthouse security concerns. Each county committee will be co-chaired by a Judge (appointed by the Chief Justice), Sheriff and the County Clerk of Court. The committee members shall include at a minimum the Chief Magistrate, a Chief of Police, Solicitor, Public Defender and Emergency Preparedness Manager.
The previous orders provided that each Court Security Committee was responsible for performing a security audit of each building where court is held. A comprehensive checklist was provided to each committee to perform the assessment. Each committee was also responsible for developing a local security plan by October 30, 2006, for every facility where court is held utilizing the Standard Operating Procedures as a guideline.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that each Court Security Committee with assistance of the Security Manager shall review the established local court security plan to ensure compliance and to identify security needs. Each committee shall complete this process and notify the State Court Administrator no later than June 15, 2012 of the status of the local security plan and review.
The following judges shall co-chair the respective county security committee:
The First Judicial Circuit: Calhoun The Hon. Edgar W. Dickson Dorchester The Hon. Diane Schafer Goodstein Orangeburg The Hon. Anne Gue Jones The Second Judicial Circuit: Aiken The Hon. Vicki J. Snelgrove Bamberg The Hon. Doyet A. Early, III Barnwell The Hon. Dale Moore Gable The Third Judicial Circuit: Clarendon The Hon. R. Ferrell Cothran, Jr. Lee The Hon. George M. McFaddin, Jr. Sumter The Hon. William Jeffrey Young Williamsburg The Hon. Clifton Newman
The Fourth Judicial Circuit:
Chesterfield The Hon. Roger E. Henderson Darlington The Hon. J. Michael Baxley Dillon The Hon. Salley Huggins McIntyre Marlboro The Hon. Paul M. Burch The Fifth Judicial Circuit: Kershaw The Hon. Dana A. Morris Richland The Hon. James R. Barber, III The Sixth Judicial Circuit: Chester The Hon. Brian M. Gibbons Fairfield The Hon. W. Thomas Sprott, Jr. Lancaster The Hon. Brooks P. Goldsmith The Seventh Judicial Circuit: Cherokee The Hon. Usha J. Bridges Spartanburg The Hon. J. Derham Cole The Eighth Judicial Circuit: Abbeville The Hon. Frank R. Addy, Jr. Greenwood The Hon. Frank R. Addy, Jr. Laurens The Hon. Joseph W. McGowan, III Newberry The Hon. John M. Rucker The Ninth Judicial Circuit: Berkeley The Hon. R. Markely Dennis, Jr. Charleston The Hon. Deadra L. Jefferson The Tenth Judicial Circuit: Anderson The Hon. Tommy B. Edwards Oconee The Hon. Alexander S. Macaulay The Eleventh Judicial Circuit: Edgefield The Hon. William P. Keesley Lexington The Hon. R. Knox McMahon McCormick The Hon. William P. Keesley Saluda The Hon. Deborah Neese The Twelfth Judicial Circuit: Florence The Hon. Arthur E. Morehead, III Marion The Hon. Timothy H. Pogue The Thirteenth Judicial Circuit: Greenville The Hon. Edward W. Miller Pickens The Hon. G. Edward Welmaker The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit: Allendale The Hon. Perry M. Buckner Beaufort The Hon. Carmen T. Mullen Colleton The Hon. Perry M. Buckner Hampton The Hon. Gerald C. Smoak, Jr. Jasper The Hon. Deborah A. Malphrus
The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit:
Georgetown The Hon. Benjamin H. Culbertson Horry The Hon. Lisa A. Kinon The Sixteenth Judicial Circuit: Union The Hon. Robert E. Guess York The Hon. John C. Hayes, III
The State Court Administrator in coordination with the State Law Enforcement Division shall provide additional guidance to facilitate the process.
AND IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Jean Hoefer Toal
Jean Hoefer Toal
March 28, 2012