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2010-07-15-01

The Supreme Court of South Carolina

RE: Orders of Reference in Foreclosure Cases


ORDER


I FIND THAT Rule 53(b), SCRCP allows a Circuit Court Judge and/or the Clerk of Court to sign an Order of Reference in foreclosure actions, default cases, or an action where the parties consent.  In most instances, it will promote judicial efficiency for the Clerk of Court in each county to sign Orders of Reference referring these matters to either the Master-in-Equity or a Special Referee in their county.  Now, therefore, 

Pursuant to the provisions of S.C. Const. Art. V § 4,

IT IS ORDERED that the Clerks of Court sign Orders of Reference pursuant to Rule 53(b), SCRCP in foreclosure actions, default cases, or an action where the parties consent.  Circuit Judges shall also continue to sign Orders of Reference.

This Order is effective immediately.

  s/Jean Hoefer Toal
Jean Hoefer Toal
Chief Justice

Columbia, South Carolina
July 15, 2010