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Order - Apppointment of Chief Judges for Summary Courts
(12/17/2004)

Chief Justice Toal appointed Chief Judges or Associate Chief Judges for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts in the counties in which they hold office.


Time To Take the Revised Lawyer's Oath Is Extended
(12/14/2004)

The South Carolina Supreme Court has extended the time for members of the South Carolina Bar to take the revised lawyer’s oath and the associated Continuing Legal Education seminar until February 28, 2005. The order provides for the suspension of those members who fail to comply by that date, and includes a form for certifying completion of the requirement if a member’s 2005 Bar License Fee Statement did not show completion of the oath and any required seminar.


Time To Take the Revised Judge's Oath Is Extended
(12/14/2004)

The Supreme Court has extended the time for judges to complete the revised judge’s oath and the associated Continuing Legal Education Seminar until February 28, 2005. The order provides for the suspension of those judges who fail to comply by that date.


Order - Service of Documents by Electronic Mail
(11/15/2004)

Chief Justice Approves Limited Use of Electronic Mail for Service of Documents.


Court of Appeals To Hear Arguments in Greenville This Month
(11/02/2004)

The Court of Appeals will be sitting in Greenville County for a term in November. On November 16th and 17th, a panel of the Court will hear cases at the the Greenville County Courthouse.


Applicants Passing the July 2004 Bar Examination
(10/29/2004)

The Supreme Court of South Carolina congratulates the applicants listed below who have been certified as passing the July 2004 Bar Examination by the Board of Law Examiners. Each of these applicants who has completed all requirements for admission will receive a letter regarding the swearing-in ceremony that is to be held on Monday, November 15, 2004, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina.


Richland County Magistrates Complete Case Management Training
(10/28/2004)

Congratulations to Richland County Magistrates who completed Case Management Training this week!


Results of the July 2004 Bar Examination and Swearing-In Ceremony
(10/22/2004)

The results of the July 2004 Bar Examination will be posted on the Bar Admissions Page at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2004. Additionally, a letter notifying each bar applicant of the results will be mailed on Friday, October 29, 2004.


Richland County's Super Users Complete Training
(10/20/2004)

Richland County is the latest county in South Carolina to begin implementation of the state's new Case Management System. The county's Super Users completed their training this week.


Notice of Public Hearing and Request for Written Comments
(10/20/2004)

The Court is considering numerous amendments to the current Rules of Professional Conduct contained in Rule 407 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules. A copy of the proposed amendments, along with commentary regarding the changes, is attached. The Court will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed amendments on Tuesday, January 19, 2005, at 9:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom and solicits the input of the bench, bar, and public.


New Technology Initiative to Provide Probate Court Web Sites
(10/11/2004)

On October 11, 2004 Chief Justice Toal addressed the South Carolina Probate Judges Association. Her presentation outlined a new technology initiative aimed at making South Carolina's probate courts more accessible online.


Charleston Post and Courier Article: Laptops speed up courtroom data flow
(10/11/2004)

An article appearing in the Charleston Post and Courier highlights improvements in criminal courts in 25 counties in South Carolina.


Supreme Court Justices Attend Opening of New Law School
(08/23/2004)

Chief Justice Jean H. Toal, Justice John H. Waller Jr. and Justice E.C. Burnett III joined other leading federal and state judges in welcoming the first class of the Charleston School of Law.


Chief Justice Jean H. Toal Receives Prestigious ABA Award
(08/04/2004)

South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal has been selected from hundreds of candidates to receive the prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.


Fees and Assessment Presentation for County Clerks of Court On-Line
(06/30/2004)

A presentation providing a brief review of legislation passed during the 2003-2004 legislative term that will affect the collection, distribution, and reporting of court generated revenue for the 2004-2005 fiscal year has been posted.


First Graduation of the Richland County Mental Health Court
(06/25/2004)

Richland County Mental Health Court, a two-year voluntary court diversion grant program funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Richland County, held its first graduation of June 8, 2004 at 11:00 am. The Probate Court of Richland County administers the Mental Health Court.


MEMORANDUM - Clerks of Court and Registers of Deeds
(06/24/2004)

Statutory provisions for the distribution of revenue generated by the circuit courts, family courts, magistrates courts and municipal courts; fees and related charges of the registers of deeds


MEMORANDUM - Magistrates and Municipal Judges
(06/24/2004)

Statutory provisions for the distribution of revenue generated by the circuit courts, family courts, magistrates courts and municipal courts; fees and related charges of the registers of deeds


MEMORANDUM - County Treasurers
(06/24/2004)

Statutory provisions for the distribution of revenue generated by the circuit courts, family courts, magistrates courts and municipal courts; fees and related charges of the registers of deeds


Indexing Standards
(06/24/2004)

In order to promote uniformity in the courts of this state, Indexing Standards have been approved for use in the Courts of the State of South Carolina.


Statewide Court Case Management System Goes Live in Pickens County
(06/17/2004)

On Monday, June 14, 2004, the Circuit Court of Pickens County went live with the statewide court case management system. Now, the whole 13th Judicial Circuit (Pickens County Circuit and Magistrate Courts and Greenville County Circuit and Magistrate Courts) is online with this new statewide court case management system.


Chief Justice Jean H. Toal Sworn In
(06/14/2004)

A swearing-in ceremony for Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal was held June 9, 2004 at the South Carolina Supreme Court.


Order of Appointment
(06/11/2004)

Order appointing Judge Burgdorf to serve as interim Calhoun County Master-In-Equity.


MEMORANDUM - Magistrates and Municipal Judges
(06/10/2004)

Statutory provisions for the distribution of revenue generated by the circuit courts, family courts, magistrates courts and municipal courts; fees and related charges of the registers of deeds


MEMORANDUM - County Treasurers
(06/10/2004)

Statutory provisions for the distribution of revenue generated by the circuit courts, family courts, magistrates courts and municipal courts; fees and related charges of the registers of deeds


MEMORANDUM - Chief Justice Jean H. Toal
(06/09/2004)

Day of Mourning for President Reagan, Friday, June 11, 2004


Status Hearing on the S.C. Department of Mental Health Competency and Criminal Responsibility Evaluations
(06/02/2004)

Judge J. Michael Baxley will be conducting a status hearing on the South Carolina Department of Mental Health competency and criminal responsibility evaluations on June 11, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. at the Richland County Courthouse in Courtroom 3B.


Orders concerning the appointment of Qualified interpreters for Deaf and non-English speaking persons.
(05/25/2004)

Chief Justice Toal has issued two Orders concerning the appointment of Qualified interpreters for Deaf and non-English speaking persons.


Judicial Elections - New Court of Appeals Judges Elected, May 25, 2004
(05/25/2004)

Judge Paul E. Short and Judge Bruce Williams were elected as new Court of Appeals judges.


New D.U.S. Legislation; Distribution of Revenue
(05/19/2004)

Memorandum to Clerks of Court, Magistrates, County Treasurers, Municipal Judges and Municipal Treasurers from Robert L. McCurdy.


Unpublished (Memorandum) Opinions Are Now Available
(05/12/2004)

Unpublished (Memorandum) opinions of the Supreme Court of South Carolina and the South Carolina Court of Appeals filed since April 1, 2004, are now available on this website.


Proposed SC Court-Annexed ADR Rules
(05/07/2004)

The Program Subcommittee of the Supreme Court's Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) seeks comments by May 31 on its proposed draft of new circuit and family court-ADR rules.


Results of the February 2004 Bar Examination and Swearing-In Ceremony
(04/30/2004)

The results of the February 2004 Bar Examination have been posted on the Bar Admissions Page.


The changes to the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure have not been rejected and are effective April 28, 2004.
(04/28/2004)

By Order dated January 29, 2004, certain amendments to the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure were submitted to the General Assembly pursuant to Art. V, § 4A of the South Carolina Constitution. Ninety or more days having passed since the submission to the General Assembly without rejection, the amendments are effective immediately.


Advance Sheet Notice
(04/20/2004)

Our mailing service for the Advance Sheets had a program problem when they mailed Advance Sheet #14.


Greenwood County Council Recognizes Cristy Boswell
(04/14/2004)

At the January 6 County Council Meeting, council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution commending the accomplishments of Cristy Boswell, the Chief Deputy Clerk of Court.


Rule Amendments
(04/08/2004)

The Supreme Court has made amendments to Rule 403, SCACR, Rule 405, SCACR, and Rule 413, SCACR. Additionally, it has adopted a new rule, Rule 423, SCACR, to govern Certificates of Good Standing.


New Addition to the SCJD Website
(02/26/2004)

The South Carolina uniform Probate Court forms are now available online.


Circuit Court Judge James Lockemy Returns from Active Duty in Kosovo
(02/25/2004)

In April of 2003, Circuit Court Judge James Lockemy was called to active duty to serve as the Command Judge Advocate and lead the JAG office of the 28th Infantry Division contingent that was ordered to go to war-ravaged Kosovo in the Balkans as part of the NATO and UN peace keeping mission.  On Sunday, Judge Lockemy will return home to his family and his judicial responsibilities here in South Carolina.


Chief Justice Toal Delivered State of the Judiciary Address Today
(02/24/2004)

Chief Justice Jean H. Toal delivered her State of the Judiciary address to the General Assembly today, February 24, 2004, at 12:30 p.m.


Grand Opening and Dedication of New Lexington County Judicial Center
(02/24/2004)

Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremonies for the new Lexington County Judicial Center were held on Sunday, February 22, 2004. 


Judge Carol Connor (1950 - 2004)
(02/20/2004)

Judge Carol Connor of the South Carolina Court of Appeals passed away on the morning of February 20, 2004, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.


Chief Justice Toal to Deliver State of the Judiciary Address
(02/19/2004)

Chief Justice Jean H. Toal will deliver her State of the Judiciary address to the General Assembly on February 24, 2004 at 12:30 p.m.


Designation of Interim Chief Magistrate
(02/10/2004)

Order Designating Judge Johnny L. Cash as Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts for Spartanburg County.


Order - Gordon Cooper
(02/10/2004)

Order appointing Gordon Cooper, Esquire as a Special Master-in-Equity for Spartanburg County.


Judicial Elections - Chief Justice Toal and Others Re-elected; New Judges Elected
(02/04/2004)

Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal was relected as Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court today. One Court of Appeals Judge, nine Circuit Court Judges, and twenty Family Court Judges were also reelected. Four new Circuit Court Judges and one Family Court Judge were elected to their first terms.


Supreme Court Recognizes Mr. Ben Franklin McCall
(02/03/2004)

On February 3, the Supreme Court recognized Mr. Ben Franklin McCall for many years of service as a volunteer bailiff.


Recognition of Ben Franklin McCall
(01/30/2004)

Supreme Court to recognize Ben Franklin McCall for many years of service as a volunteer bailiff.


ORDER - Designation of Interim Chief Magistrate
(01/15/2004)

IT IS ORDERED that due to health reasons Judge Helen Clawson has requested to be relieved of her appointment as Chief Magistrate of Charleston County. Therefore, I appoint Judge Jack I. Guedalia as Chief Magistrate of Charleston County for the remainder of the period of Judge Clawson's term as Chief Magistrate which commenced January 1, 2004 and ends June 30, 2004, at which time Judge Guedalia is required by state law to retire.


ORDER - Administration of Amended Lawyers Oath contained in Rule 402, SCACR.
(01/12/2004)

Supreme Court issues order regarding administering the new lawyers oath.