THIS OPINION HAS NO PRECEDENTIAL VALUE. IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED OR RELIED ON AS
PRECEDENT IN ANY PROCEEDING EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY RULE 239(d)(2), SCACR.
THE STATE OF
In The Court of Appeals
Terry Maness, Appellant,
George Ginotoli, Director South Carolina Department of Mental Health, and State of
South Carolina, Respondents.
J. Cordell Maddox, Jr., Circuit Court Judge
Unpublished Opinion No. 2006-UP-242
Submitted May 1, 2006 – Filed May 15, 2006
Terry Maness, of
Columbia, for Appellant.
Attorney General Henry McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth McMahon, Assistant Attorney General Daniel E. Grigg, Office of the Attorney General, of Columbia, and George Ginotoli, of Columbia, for Respondent.
PER CURIAM: Terry Maness appeals a letter indicating he must file his petition for writ of certiorari in federal court. We dismiss for lack of jurisdiction.
On February 29, 1985, an Anderson County Grand Jury indicted Maness for two counts of second degree criminal sexual assault on a minor. A jury pronounced Maness guilty of these charges. The trial court sentenced him to twenty years on each count, to be served consecutively. The Supreme Court of South Carolina dismissed his appeal.
On January 5, 2005, Maness sent a second application for a writ of habeas corpus to the Clerk of Court for
Maness argues the circuit court erred in determining his action should be filed in federal court and not state court. Because we lack jurisdiction to hear this appeal, we dismiss.
Section 14-8-200(a) of the South Carolina Code (Supp. 2005) provides that this court “shall have jurisdiction over any case in which an appeal is taken from an order, judgment, or decree of the circuit or family court.” In this case, the circuit court has not entered an order, judgment, or decree. However, in the event the letter may be interpreted as a pronouncement from the circuit court, we would still dismiss because it was not entered. See Rule 58(a), SCRCP (“A judgment is effective only when . . . entered in the record.”); First Union Nat’l Bank v. Hitman, Inc., 306 S.C. 327, 329, 411 S.E.2d 681, 682 (Ct. App. 1991) (“No order is final until it is written and entered.”), aff’d, 308 S.C. 421, 418 S.E.2d 545 (1992); see also Case v. Case, 243 S.C. 447, 134 S.E.2d 394 (1964) (judgments in general are not final until written and entered). Accordingly, this appeal is
KITTREDGE, SHORT, and WILLIAMS, JJ., concur.
 We decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rule 215, SCACR.