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2006-05-25-01

The Supreme Court of South Carolina

In re: Amendments to Rule 501, Canon 4, of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules


ORDER


Pursuant to Article V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, Rule 501, Canon 4(F), South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, is hereby amended to read as follows:

F.  Service as Arbitrator or Mediator.  A judge shall not act as an arbitrator or mediator or otherwise perform judicial functions in a private capacity unless expressly authorized by law.*  However, a retired judge may act as an arbitrator or mediator and remain available for assignment as a judge by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, provided the judge is disqualified: (1) from mediation and arbitration in matters in which the judge served as judge; and (2) as a judge from matters in which the judge participated as mediator or arbitrator.

The amendment is effective immediately. 

IT IS SO ORDERED.

s/Jean H. Toal                                    C.J.

s/James E. Moore                             J.

s/John H. Waller, Jr.                           J.

s/E.C. Burnett, III                                 J.

s/Costa M. Pleicones                        J.

Columbia, South Carolina
May 25, 2006