The Supreme Court of South Carolina
RE: Act No. 192; Magistrate Jury Areas
I find that clarification is needed regarding implementation of Act No. 192 of 2014, which amended S.C. Code Ann. §22-2-190 relating to magistrate court jury areas in each County, so as to revise and update the territorial description of the jury areas. Pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. §22-2-50, the State Election Commission, in October of each year, is required to distribute jury lists to each chief magistrate based on the information contained in S.C. Code Ann. §22-2-190, and those jury lists are used to select juries in those counties for the following year, beginning in January and running through the end of December. Act No. 192 was effective upon the Governor's signature, June 2, 2014, and those revised jury areas will be distributed to each chief magistrate in October 2014, and used to draw juries for the calendar year 2015.
Therefore, pursuant to Article V, Section 4, South Carolina Constitution,
IT IS ORDERED that the current jury lists being used by magistrate courts statewide, which were distributed to chief magistrates in October of 2013 by the State Election Commission, as required by S.C. Code Ann. §22-2-50, shall be used through the end of the 2014 calendar year. In October of 2014, the State Election Commission shall distribute the jury lists, as revised by Act No. 192 of 2014, to chief magistrates statewide, which shall be used to compose juries for the calendar year 2015.
s/Jean H. Toal
Jean H. Toal
Chief Justice of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
June 19, 2014