The Supreme Court of South Carolina
RE: Enactment of Rule on Continuing Legal Education For Magistrates And Municipal Judges, Rule 510, SCACR.
By Order dated May 3, 1994, and effective January 1, 1995, this Court set continuing legal education requirements for magistrates and municipal judges. Since that time, the General Assembly has substantially altered the requirements for certification and training of magistrates. In addition to the mandatory orientation program for magistrates and municipal judges, this Court continues to believe it is important that magistrates and municipal judges engage in continuing legal education throughout their tenure. To clarify the requirements for continuing legal education for magistrates and municipal judges, to modify the date and manner for filing reports, and to set standards for certification of continuing legal education courses, the May 3, 1994, Order is rescinded and, pursuant to Art. V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, the attached Rule 510, SCACR, Continuing Legal Education For Magistrates And Municipal Judges, is adopted effective March 1, 2003.
Magistrates and municipal judges shall not be required to file a report with the Office of Court Administration by January 10, 2003. However, to ensure that magistrates and municipal judges receive the required amount of continuing legal education credits prior to the new reporting date contained in Rule 510, SCACR, magistrates shall be required to complete and report twenty-four hours of approved continuing legal education credit, and municipal judges shall be required to complete and report eighteen hours of approved continuing legal education credit, for the reporting period beginning January 1, 2002, and ending June 30, 2003.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Jean H. Toal C.J.
s/E.C. Burnett, III J.
s/Costa M. Pleicones J.
Columbia, South Carolina
December 5, 2002