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Revised Motion for Case Assignment to Business Court Pilot Program (SCCA BC Form 101)
(Date posted: 08/01/2014)

IT IS ORDERED that the Motion for Case Assignment to the Business Court Pilot Program (SCCA Form 101) with a revision date of 07/2014 is approved for use in the Circuit Courts of South Carolina.

Notice for Applicants Taking the July 2014 Bar Examination - Extension of Time to Upload Answers
(Date posted: 07/29/2014)

The deadline for uploading today's answers will be extended. The new deadline will be announced at the start of the examination on Wednesday morning.

Adoption of Rule 426, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 07/23/2014)

The Court has agreed to adopt, with minor changes, the American Bar Association's Model Court Rule on the Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster, which is codified as Rule 426, SCACR. Additionally, a reference to Rule 426 has been added to Comment 14 to Rule 5.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Order Regarding Rule 41.2, SCRCP in Family and Probate Courts
(Date posted: 07/21/2014)

Administrative Order Regarding Rule 41.2, SCRCP in Family and Probate Courts

Request for Written Comments on Proposed Amendment to Rule 45(b)(1), SCRCP
(Date posted: 07/21/2014)

The South Carolina Bar has proposed amending Rule 45(b)(1) of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure to alter how witness fees and reimbursement for mileage are tendered to witnesses. The Court has elected to defer taking action on the proposed change pending receipt of written public comments.

Nominations for 2014 Strom Thurmond Awards for Excellence in Law Enforcement
(Date posted: 07/18/2014)

Senator Strom Thurmond established the Strom Thurmond Awards for Excellence in Law Enforcement to recognize law enforcement officers in South Carolina whose performance demonstrates the highest ideals of excellence in law enforcement. An annual award is given in each of four categories: (1) city officer; (2) county officer; (3) state officer; and (4) federal officer.

Extensions in Cases Seeking Review of Decisions of the South Carolina Court of Appeals
(Date posted: 07/17/2014)

Extensions in Cases Seeking Review of Decisions of the South Carolina Court of Appeals

Supreme Court Issues Opinion in Harrell v. Attorney General of the State of South Carolina
(Date posted: 07/09/2014)

The Supreme Court issued its opinion in Harrell v. Attorney General of the State of South Carolina.

Public Access to Appellate Case Management System Expanded
(Date posted: 07/07/2014)

Public Access to the Appellate Case Management System has been expanded to include certiorari proceedings seeking review of decisions of the South Carolina Court of Appeals (excluding family court cases).

Fee Memorandum - Clerks of Court and Registers of Deed
(Date posted: 06/30/2014)

Statutory provisions for the distribution of revenue generated by the circuit courts, and family courts; fees and related charges of the registers of deeds

Fee Memorandum - Magistrates and Municipal Judges
(Date posted: 06/30/2014)

Statutory provisions for the distribution of revenue generated by the magistrate courts and municipal courts

Fee Memorandum - County Treasurers
(Date posted: 06/30/2014)

Statutory provisions for the distribution of revenue generated by the circuit courts, family courts, magistrates courts and municipal courts; fees and related charges of the registers of deeds

Judge Pieper Awarded Order of the Palmetto
(Date posted: 06/25/2014)

On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, the Court of Appeals surprised Judge Pieper by arranging a small retirement luncheon to say farewell. The Governor awarded Judge Pieper the Order of the Palmetto, which Judge Kristi Harrington presented to Judge Pieper at the luncheon. 

Oral Arguments for Harrell v. Attorney General of the State of South Carolina
(Date posted: 06/25/2014)

Oral arguments scheduled for Tuesday, June 24th beginning at 2:30 pm in the Supreme Court case - Robert W. Harrell, Jr. v. Attorney General of the State of South Carolina - were streamed live over the internet by SCETV.

Act No. 192; Magistrate Jury Areas
(Date posted: 06/24/2014)

I find that clarification is needed regarding implementation of Act No. 192 of 2014, which amended S.C. Code Ann. §22-2-190 relating to magistrate court jury areas in each County, so as to revise and update the territorial description of the jury areas.

Chief Judges for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts
(Date posted: 06/18/2014)

Chief Judges for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts

Revised Minor Settlement Procedure
(Date posted: 05/28/2014)

Settlement Procedure for Minors or Incapacitated Persons

Judicial Elections
(Date posted: 05/28/2014)

Judicial elections were held May 28, 2014.

Announcement Concerning Computer-Based Testing for July 2014 Bar Examination
(Date posted: 05/28/2014)

Applicants interested in using laptops to complete their answers to the essay sections of the July 2014 South Carolina Bar Examination must complete and return the attached "Request to Participate" form by Friday, June 13, 2014.

Proposed Revision to Rule 7.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 407, SCACR
(Date posted: 05/28/2014)

Rule 7.2 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 407, SCACR, has been amended, by the addition of section (i), to set forth requirements for disclaimers in lawyer advertisements. The amendment is effective July 1, 2014.

Amendment of Rule 410, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 05/28/2014)

At the request of the South Carolina Bar, the Supreme Court has amended Rule 410(j), SCACR, to increase the annual license fees paid by members of the South Carolina Bar.

Amendment of Rule 411, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 05/28/2014)

At the request of the South Carolina Bar, the Supreme Court has amended Rule 411, SCACR, to increase the number of members of the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Committee and to increase the annual assessment for the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection.

Richland County JUVENILE Mental Health Court
(Date posted: 05/28/2014)

Richland County JUVENILE Mental Health Court

Confidential Reference List of Redacted Identifiers
(Date posted: 05/23/2014)

IT IS ORDERED that the Confidential Reference List of Redacted Identifiers (SCRCP Form 6) with a revision date of May 2014 is approved for use in civil cases in the Circuit Courts, Family Courts and Magistrates Courts of South Carolina. 

Amendment of Rule 404 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 05/14/2014)

Pursuant to Article V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, Rule 404 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules is amended to read as shown in the attachment to this order.

Supreme Court Amends Rule 17, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR
(Date posted: 05/08/2014)

Pursuant to Article V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, Rule 17(e) of the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement (RLDE) contained in Rule 413 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR) is amended.

Results of the February 2014 Bar Examination
(Date posted: 04/25/2014)

The results of the February 2014 Bar Examination were posted on the Bar Admissions Page at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014.

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Comply with Continuing Legal Education Requirements
(Date posted: 04/25/2014)

The Supreme Court has issued an order administratively suspending lawyers under Rule 419, SCACR, for failing to comply with Continuing Legal Education Requirements.

Supreme Court Issues Opinion in S.C. Libertarian Party v. S.C. Election Commission
(Date posted: 04/24/2014)

The Supreme Court issued its opinion in S.C. Libertarian Party v. S.C. Election Commission.

Interagency Protocol for Defendants Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity
(Date posted: 04/24/2014)

I find that in the State of South Carolina there are currently under supervision 135 individuals who have been charged with a criminal offense and subsequently found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI).

Oral Arguments Scheduled - South Carolina Libertarian Party v. South Carolina State Election Commission
(Date posted: 04/23/2014)

The Supreme Court of South Carolina has scheduled oral arguments in the case of South Carolina Libertarian Party v. South Carolina State Election Commission at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Request for Written Comments on Proposed Amendment to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 04/16/2014)

The Commission on Lawyer Conduct requests that the Court adopt the American Bar Association's Model Court Rule on the Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of a Major Disaster with minor changes. The language the Commission proposes for adoption as Rule 426 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, along with a recommended amendment to the comments to Rule 5.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct contained in Rule 407, SCACR, is attached.

Rule Amendments Effective
(Date posted: 04/15/2014)

Since ninety days have passed since submission without rejection by the General Assembly, the amendments contained in the above orders are effective immediately.

Court Order Concerning Personal Identifying Information in Appellate Court Filings
(Date posted: 04/15/2014)

Revised Order Concerning Personal Identifying Information and Other Sensitive Information in Appellate Court Filings

Amendment to Rule 407 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules.
(Date posted: 04/15/2014)

Since ninety days have passed since submission without rejection by the General Assembly, the amendments contained in the above orders are effective immediately.

Supreme Court Issues Opinion - Amisub of South Carolina, Inc. v. SCDHEC
(Date posted: 04/15/2014)

The South Carolina Supreme Court has issued an opinion in Amisub of South Carolina, Inc. v. SCDHEC.

Chief Justice Toal Delivered State of the Judiciary Address Today
(Date posted: 04/09/2014)

Chief Justice Jean H. Toal delivered her State of the Judiciary address to the General Assembly today, April 9, 2014, at 11:30 am.

SC Commission on Indigent Defense v. Charles Thomas Brooks, III Order
(Date posted: 03/31/2014)

The Supreme Court has issued an order quashing various notices of deposition and subpoenas duces tecum issued by Charles Brooks in the case of South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense v. Charles Thomas Brooks, III.

Lawyers Suspended for Failure to Pay License Fees
(Date posted: 03/18/2014)

The Supreme Court has issue an order administrative suspending lawyers under Rule 419, SCACR, for failing to pay license fees to the South Carolina Bar.

Public Access to Appellate Case Management System Expanded
(Date posted: 02/28/2014)

Public Access to the Appellate Case Management System has been expanded to include appeals from the court of general sessions.

SCCA Form 430S Short Form Financial Declaration
(Date posted: 02/28/2014)

IT IS ORDERED that SCCA Form 430S – Short Form Financial Declaration bearing a date of (2/2014), is approved for use in the Family Courts of South Carolina.

Judicial Elections
(Date posted: 02/05/2014)

Judicial elections were held February 5, 2014.

Notice to February 2014 Bar Applicants Concerning Applicability of Code Revisions to Upcoming Examination
(Date posted: 01/27/2014)

The Board of Law Examiners (the Board) will not test on these revisions during the February 2014 South Carolina Bar Examination. It will begin testing on the revisions during the July 2014 South Carolina Bar Examination.

Petition for Relief Packet
(Date posted: 01/17/2014)

Rule Changes Submitted to the General Assembly
(Date posted: 01/15/2014)

Pursuant to Article V, § 4A of the South Carolina Constitution, the following rule changes were submitted to the South Carolina General Assembly on January 15, 2014.

Court Issues Order Amending Rule 402(i), SCACR
(Date posted: 01/09/2014)

Court Issues Order Amending Rule 402(i), SCACR

Reconciliation and Disposition of General Sessions Cases Statewide, and Appointment of General Sessions Docket Committee
(Date posted: 01/07/2014)

Pursuant to the provisions of Article V, §4, of the South Carolina Constitution, and in furtherance of this Court's opinion in State v. Langford, the Court has created the General Sessions Docket Committee and appoints the following representatives from the Judiciary, Solicitors, Public Defenders, Private Counsel, and Clerks of Court to the Committee. The Committee is charged with making recommendations to the Court concerning the adoption of a rule or order for the orderly administration of the docket in the Court of General Sessions. 

Business Court Pilot Program Expansion Statewide
(Date posted: 01/06/2014)

Pursuant to the provisions of S.C. Const. Art. V § 4, I find that the South Carolina Business Court Pilot Program, established on September 2, 2007, by Order 2007-09-07-01, and extended by Order 2009-10-13-01 and Order 2011-11-30-01, has successfully created an option to litigate complex business, corporate, and commercial matters in the circuit courts of this State and should be expanded statewide.

Interest Rate on Money Decrees and Judgments
(Date posted: 01/03/2014)

The Supreme Court issues order regarding the legal rate of interest on money decrees and judgments.

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