The Supreme Court of South Carolina

In re:  Report on Expenses for Capital Litigation.  



Pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. 16-3-26(J), the Judicial Department is required to develop and make available a list of standard fees and expenses associated with the defense of indigent persons in capital cases. To fulfill this obligation, I find it necessary to review the expenses associated with both the prosecution and defense of capital cases.

Accordingly, prosecutors and appointed counsel for indigent defendants in the attached list of cases, along with the Office of Indigent Defense, shall provide all information in their possession relating to fees and expenses incurred in the initial prosecution, any subsequently ordered prosecution, and in any state collateral proceedings in each case. Further, if information regarding expenses has been sealed by the circuit court, that information shall be transmitted to me under seal by the clerk of court.

This information shall be provided to me no later than thirty days after the date of this order. My review of the materials submitted, and my subsequent report, shall not reveal any information of a confidential nature or which could compromise further proceedings in the case.

Jean Hoefer Toal, Chief Justice

Columbia, South Carolina

July 22, 2002