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RULE 14
TIME, SERVICE AND FILING

(a) Computation of Time. Computation of time under these rules shall be in the manner provided by Rule 263, SCACR.

(b) Extending and Diminishing Time Prescribed by These Rules.

(1)  By the Commission. The chair of the Commission, the vice-chair of the Commission, or the chair of the hearing panel before which the matter is pending, may extend or shorten the period of time to perform any act required by Rules 19-26.  Any request for an extension by an investigative panel or hearing panel shall be considered by the chair or vice-chair of the Commission.  No extension over 30 days shall be granted except upon good cause shown.  The grant or denial of an extension shall not be subject to an interlocutory appeal.

(2) By Disciplinary Counsel. Disciplinary counsel may extend the time for responses due from a lawyer under Rule 19 for one or more periods not to exceed 30 days in the aggregate for each.

(3) By the Parties. Disciplinary counsel and the lawyer may, by written agreement, extend the time to respond under Rule 19 or 23(a) after the execution and delivery by both parties of an agreement for discipline by consent or deferred disciplinary agreement for the duration of the period the agreement is awaiting a final disposition and for a period of 30 days thereafter if the Agreement is not accepted.

(4) By the Supreme Court. Except for those periods of time that may be extended by the Commission under (1) above, the Supreme Court or any justice thereof may grant an extension of time to perform any act required by these Rules.  The Supreme Court or any justice thereof may shorten any time period prescribed by these rules.

(c) Service. Service upon the lawyer of formal charges in any disciplinary or incapacity proceedings shall be made by personal service upon the lawyer or the lawyer's counsel by any person authorized by the chair of the Commission, or by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the lawyer's last known address.  If service cannot be so made, service shall be deemed complete when deposited in the U.S. Mail, provided the formal charges were sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the primary address the lawyer provided in the Attorney Information System under Rule 410, SCACR, and to the lawyer's last known address, if those addresses differ.  Service of all other documents shall be made in the manner provided by Rule 262(b), SCACR

(d) Filing. When these rules require filing of a document with the Commission or the Supreme Court, the filing may be accomplished by:

(1) Delivering the document to the Commission or the clerk of the Supreme Court; or

(2) Depositing the document in the U.S. mail, properly addressed to the Commission or the clerk of the Supreme Court, with sufficient first class postage attached.

The date of filing shall be the date of delivery or the date of mailing.  Any document filed with the Supreme Court or the Commission shall be accompanied by proof of service of such document on all other parties.  An electronically transmitted facsimile copy of a document may be accepted for filing; however, an original of the document must be immediately sent by U.S. mail to the clerk of the Supreme Court or the Commission.

Last amended by Order dated January 28, 2013.