RE: Amendment to Rule 510, SCACR
Pursuant to Article V, Section 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, the following amendments are made to Rule 510, SCACR:
(1) The first sentence in section (b)(2) is amended to read: During each reporting year, which begins on July 1 and ends on June 30, all municipal judges shall be required to attend at least 12 hours of accredited continuing legal education pertaining to criminal law issues, and practice and procedure in municipal courts, and at least two of the twelve hours shall be devoted to ethical issues. (2) The first sentence in section (c) is amended to read: The Board of Magistrate and Municipal Court Certification (Board) or its designee shall determine whether a course is appropriate for credit pursuant to this Rule and if so, the credit it should be assigned. (3) The following paragraph is inserted after the first paragraph in section (c): When accrediting a course, the Board shall determine what portion of a course is devoted to civil law, criminal law, or ethics, and designate the course appropriately. When making this designation, if the Board determines that the content of a course is inseparably composed of both civil and criminal elements, the Board shall designate those hours as civil/criminal. Magistrates and municipal judges may utilize such courses to fulfill their civil or criminal requirements, as described in subsections (b)(1) and (b)(2) above.
These amendments shall be effective immediately.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Jean H. Toal C.J.
s/E.C. Burnett, III J.
s/Costa M. Pleicones J.
Columbia, South Carolina
October 10, 2003