RE: Interest Rate on Money Decrees and Judgments
Act No. 27 of 2005 amended S.C. Code Ann. § 34-31-20 (B) to provide that the legal rate of interest on money decrees and judgments "is equal to the prime rate as listed in the first edition of the Wall Street Journal published for each calendar year for which the damages are awarded, plus four percentage points, compounded annually. The South Carolina Supreme Court shall issue an order by January 15 of each year confirming the annual prime rate. This section applies to all judgments entered on or after July 1, 2005. For judgments entered between July 1, 2005, and January 14, 2006, the legal rate of interest shall be the first prime rate as published in the first edition of the Wall Street Journal after January 1, 2005, plus four percentage points. "
The Wall Street Journal for January 3, 2006, the first edition after January 1, 2006, listed the prime rate as 7.25%. Therefore, for judgments entered between January 15, 2006 and January 14, 2007, the legal rate is 11.25% compounded annually.
|s/Jean Hoefer Toal
FOR THE COURT
Columbia , South Carolina
January 4, 2006