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2011-02-02-01

The Supreme Court of South Carolina

Re:  Newberry County Self-Help Center Pilot Program


ORDER


Pursuant to the provisions of S.C. Const. Art. V § 4, I find that the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission has petitioned the Supreme Court of South Carolina to create a pilot program establishing a self-help center at the Newberry County Courthouse.  This self-help center will be administered by the Access to Justice Commission with the assistance of the Newberry County Clerk of Court staff and volunteer lawyers to provide basic legal information and court-approved, self-help resources to the public.  The attached “Guidelines for the Operation of Self-Help Centers in South Carolina Courts” are approved and will provide general guidelines for the operation of the self-help center.

It is ORDERED that a pilot program creating a self-help center administered by the Access to Justice Commission with the assistance of the Newberry County Clerk of Court staff and volunteer lawyers be established in Newberry County for a period of two-years beginning March 1, 2011.  The Access to Justice Commission shall provide a report to the Supreme Court of South Carolina at the end of the pilot period that evaluates the pilot program’s effectiveness and recommends further action.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

  s/Jean Hoefer Toal
Jean Hoefer Toal, Chief Justice

Columbia, South Carolina
February 2, 2011