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ORDER - Deposits to Summary Court Judge in Lieu of Recognizance

Chief Justice Toal issues order relating to the payment of a fee in lieu of bond.

ORDER - Special Referees and Foreclosure Sales

Chief Justice Toal issues administrative order regarding compensation of special referees.

Supreme Court amends Rule 33, of Rule 413

Supreme Court amends Rule 33, of Rule 413, to conform to the previous amendments to Rule 402 and make it clear that persons seeking readmission after disbarment or indefinite suspension must retake the Bar Examination. The amendment of Rule 33 is retroactive to September 1, 2003.

Statewide Court Case Management System Goes Live in Greenville County

Today, the technology efforts of the South Carolina Judicial Department have achieved another great success with the go live implementation of the statewide court case management system in Greenville County.

Results of the July 2003 Bar Examination and Swearing-In Ceremony

The results of the July 2003 Bar Examination have been posted. Additionally, a letter notifying each bar applicant of the results will be mailed on Friday, October 24, 2003. Telephonic requests for information about these results will not be accepted until 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 27, 2003.

Amendment to Rule 410(e)

The attached order, effective October 27, 2003, reflects the technological changes taking place in South Carolina's courts. In the future, all members of the S.C. Bar must provide a current e-mail address to practice in the Unified Court System.

High School Students Participate in Supreme Court's New Class Action Program

On Tuesday, October 21, 2003, the Supreme Court welcomed its first class of high school students to participate in the Court's new Class Action Program.

Results of the July 2003 Bar Examination and Swearing-In Ceremony

The results of the July 2003 Bar Examination will be posted on the Bar Admissions Page at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2003.

Amendment to Rule 510, SCACR

Pursuant to Article V, Section 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, amendments are made to Rule 510, SCACR.

Chief Justice Makes Job Appointments at the Supreme Court

The Chief Justice announces new staff appointments at the Supreme Court.

Criminal Domestic Violence Pro Bono Program

The Attorney General of South Carolina has initiated a program that will use pro bono lawyers to prosecute criminal domestic violence cases in magistrate and municipal courts.

Pretrial Diversion Programs

Order by Chief Justice, dated September 12, 2003, addressing the improper use of pretrial diversion programs.

SC Judicial Department Awarded $7 Million Federal Grant

Today, Chief Justice Jean Toal announced that the South Carolina Judicial Department (SCJD) has received a $7 million federal grant through the support of Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings.

Hollings Announces Funding for the South Carolina

U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings announced today the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released $7,250,000 funding to the South Carolina Judicial Department to purchase equipment for integrating the case-docket system into a state-of-the-art comprehensive database to be shared between the court system and law enforcement.

South Carolina Seals to be Dedicated

The Friends of the Charleston Courthouse have generously donated a copy of the Seal of South Carolina to the Supreme Court of South Carolina. This Seal will be permanently displayed in the Courtroom of the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Amends Rule 410, SCACR

Effective September 1, 2003, Rule 410, SCACR, will be amended to approve bar license fee increases requested by the South Carolina Bar. Additionally, the amendment will impose a fee to help defray the cost of operating the attorney and judicial disciplinary systems in South Carolina.

Amendments to Rule 31(f), Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement, Rule 413, SCACR

Rule 31(f) of the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement is amended effective immediately.

Amendments to Rule 413, SCACR, Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Enforcement and Rule 502, SCACR, Rules for Judicial Disciplinary Enforcement

Pursuant to Art.V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution amendments are adopted effective September 1, 2003.

Revised Rule 402, Admission to Practice Law, SCACR

The Supreme Court of South Carolina has issued an order revising Rule 402, SCACR, effective September 1, 2003.

Appointment of Counsel in Capital Post-Conviction Relief Matters

Chief Justice issues Advisory regarding the appointment of counsel in Capital Post-Conviction Relief Proceedings.

Use of Videoconference and Facsimile Equipment

By Order of this Court dated March 7, 1994, the use of videoconference and facsimile equipment was authorized on a pilot basis for use in magistrate and municipal court for specified criminal proceedings. The Order required each entity to make application to this Court for approval, which was granted on a yearly basis. Numerous counties and municipalities participated in the pilot project and reported that videoconferencing enhanced the efficiency and security of the courts, but continued to protect all constitutional and statutory rights of the accused. Due to the overwhelming success experienced by these entities, we find that statewide authorization for the use of videoconferencing and facsimile equipment in specified criminal court proceedings in magistrates and municipal court is appropriate.

Amendments to Rule 601, SCACR, Conflicts in Hearing Dates

The Supreme Court revises Rule 601, effective September 1, 2003, to allow Family Court merits hearings in cases involving child abuse, child neglect and termination of parental rights to be higher on the priority of cases list in the event of conflicts in hearing dates.

Order for Destruction of Arrest Records, Form SCCA 223

IT IS ORDERED that Form SCCA 223, Order for Destruction of Arrest Records, bearing a revision date of 7/2003, a copy of which is attached and made a part of this Order, is approved effective as of the date of this Order for use in all cases where the defendant meets the statutory requirements for the destruction of arrest records.

Expungement of Criminal Records

The attached order supersedes the order of November 14, 2002 concerning the process for expungement of criminal records. This order is effective immediately.

Fees and Assessments Memo

Attached is the fees and assessments memo reflecting changes from the 2003 Legislative Session.

Order Amending Rule 608, SCACR

On June 27, 2003, the Supreme Court issued an order amending Rule 608, SCACR.

Swearing-In Ceremony for New Judge Held in Columbia

A swearing-in ceremony for John Kittredge was held June 25, 2003 at the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Swearing-In Ceremony for New Judges in Spartanburg

A swearing-in ceremony for Don Beatty and Mark Hayes was held June 20, 2003 at the Spartanburg County courthouse.

Portrait of the Honorable E. Ladson Fishburne Unveiled

A portrait of the Honorable E. Ladson Fishburne (1883 - 1964) was unveiled in the S.C. Supreme Courtroom on Wednesday, June 25, 2003.

Retirement/Investiture Ceremony Held in Charleston June 20, 2003

In a joint ceremony, Circuit Court Judge Victor A. Rawl retired and a newly elected Circuit Court Judge took office.

Chief Justice Jean H. Toal to Deliver Keynote Address at the 8th National Court Technology Conference 2003

Chief Justice Jean H. Toal has been chosen to deliver a keynote address at the 8th National Court Technology Conference which will be held in Kansas City, Missouri October 28-30, 2003.

New Judges Elected

One new Court of Appeals Judge and one new Family Court Judge were elected by the General Assembly on May 28, 2003.

Rule 419, SCACR, Made Applicable to Suspensions Occuring Prior to September 6, 2000

The Supreme Court has issued an order relating to how Rule 419, SCACR, is going to be applied to lawyers suspended prior to the adoption of that rule. Lawyers who were suspended prior to September 6, 2000, for the failure to pay bar license fees or the failure to comply with CLE requirements, have until June 1, 2004, to seek reinstatement and, if they fail to do so, their membership in the South Carolina Bar will be terminated.

No Change in February 2003 Bar Examination Results

The National Conference of Bar Examiners has determined that a scoring error occurred on the February 2003 Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). While this error has resulted in revised MBE scores for 63 applicants in South Carolina, it did not change the pass/fail result for any applicant.

SCJD Inaugural Magistrates Advisory Council Intensive Training Seminar

Thirty-four magistrates attended a five day intensive training seminar at Trident Technical College in Charleston from May 5-9, 2003.

Amendment to Rule 3(b) of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure

The Supreme Court has amended Rule 3(b), SCRCP. This amendment is effective May 5, 2003.

Rule Changes Relating to Settlements

The South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure have been amended to add Rule 41.1 entitled “Sealed Documents and Settlement Agreements.” Additionally, Rule 43 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure and Rule 232 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules have been amended. These rule changes are effective May 5, 2003.

Circuit Court Judge James Lockemy Called to Active Duty

Circuit Court Judge James Lockemy has been called to active duty to serve as the Command Judge Advocate and lead the JAG office of the 28th Infantry Division contingent that has been ordered to go to war-ravaged Kosovo in the Balkans as part of the NATO and UN peace keeping mission.  

Results of the February 2003 Bar Examination and Swearing-In Ceremony

The results of the February 2003 Bar Examination have been posted.

New Court of Appeals Judge and Circuit Court Judges Elected

One new Court of Appeals Judge and two new Circuit Court Judges were elected by the General Assembly April 9, 2003.

Dedication of the New Oconee Courthouse

Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal participated in the dedication ceremony for the new courthouse in Oconee County on Friday April 4, 2003. As the guest speaker at the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Chief Justice said, “ the American Judicial System can be most accurately measured not by the large jurisdictions or larger counties. Ordered liberty in America depends on the success of rural America’s courts and justice system.”

Special Exemption for the Motion Fee

In light of the fact that many of our fellow South Carolinians have been called to active duty with their National Guard and Reserve units, I find it necessary and appropriate to provide a special exemption for the motion fee provided by S.C. Code Ann. § 8-21-320 (Supp. 2002).

Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal Recognized by Government Technology

Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal has been recognized as one of Government Technology magazine's Top 25 for 2002.

Court of Appeals to Hear Cases in Florence

One panel of the Court of Appeals will hear cases in Florence in March.

Supreme Court Relaxes Rule 238(b), SCACR

The Supreme Court has relaxed Rule 238(b), SCACR, to allow state agencies to submit double-sided copies of filing to assist them during the current budget crisis.

Chief Justice Toal Delivers State of the Judiciary Address

Chief Justice Jean H. Toal delivered her annual State of the Judiciary address to the General Assembly on February 26, 2003 at 12:00 noon.

Supreme Court Issues Order

Supreme Court issues order in case involving C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy's participation in the 2003 Class AA State Basketball Playoffs

Rule 28(d), SCRCP

Rule 28(d), SCRCP provides for a fee for the filing of papers for Depositions or Production in Out-of-State Actions to be set by administrative rule. Effective March 1st, 2003, the filing fee required by Rule 28(d), SCRCP, shall be set in the amount of fifty (50) dollars.

MEMORANDUM -- Judicial Department’s Observation of State Holidays

Memo from Chief Justice Toal concerning the Judicial Department’s observation of State Holidays.

Supreme Court Submits Rule Changes Regarding Sealing Documents and Settlements to General Assembly

On Friday, January 31, the Court submitted an order enacting new Rule 41.1. Sealing Documents and Secret Settlements to the General Assembly. Additionally, amendments to Rules 43(k) Agreements of Counsel, SCRCP, and Rule 232, Agreements of Counsel, SCACR, were submitted. Finally, the Court submitted an order amending Rule 3(b), SCRCP, to conform to last years' statutory amendment regarding tolling the statute of limitations.

Chief Justice Toal Presents the Status of the South Carolina Judiciary

On January 24, 2003, Chief Justice Toal presented the Status of the South Carolina Judiciary to the SC Bar at their annual meeting. 

Chief Justice Toal, a Panel of Judges and Paul Wickensimer Present to the SC Bar

On January 23, 2003, Chief Justice Toal, a Panel of Judges - Judges Few, Westbrook, Bartlett and Creech - and Paul Wickensimer presented to the SC Bar at their annual meeting. 

Efficient South Carolina Court Management Produces Results

On January 22, 2003, Supreme Court Chief Justice Toal, Fifth Circuit Solicitor Barney Giese, and Chief Administrative Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, Henry Floyd, announced the results of the differentiated case management pilot project for the criminal case docket conducted in Richland County during the 2002 calendar year.

ORDER - Telephonic Foreign Language Interpreter Services in Magistrate and Municipal Courts

I FIND THAT the need and cost for foreign language interpreters in magistrate and municipal court is increasing. By previous Order dated January 9, 2002, a pilot project was initiated in the magistrates courts of Richland County authorizing the use of telephonic foreign language interpreter services in specified court proceedings. After using the service for six (6) months, the Chief Magistrate of Richland County submitted a report concerning the outcome of the pilot project. The report indicated that the project was a success and in no way infringed on the rights of the defendant, nor diminished the integrity of the proceedings. Based on the outcome of the report, I find that the use of telephonic foreign language interpreter services should be authorized for statewide use in the summary courts.  

January 15, 2003 Motion Fee Memo - Update to Memorandum Issued August 16, 2002

Effective July 1, 2002, Act No. 329 of 2002 amended the Code of Laws by adding § 8-21-320, which requires a fee of $25.00 to be collected for every motion made in the Court of Common Pleas and Family Court.

Two South Carolina Judges Interviewed by Dan Rather for 60 Minutes II

Dan Rather interviewed two South Carolina judges, US District Court Judge Joe Anderson and Chief Justice Jean Toal, for this week's Sixty Minutes II.