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2013-04-12-02

The Supreme Court of South Carolina


ORDER


I find that in the event of a conflict that prevents a circuit court chief judge for administrative purposes from signing a Conditional Order of Dismissal or a Final Order in a Post-Conviction Relief Matter, judicial efficiency requires a procedure unique to these matters.  Now, therefore,

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

IT IS ORDERED that Conditional Orders of Dismissal and Final Orders in Post-Conviction Relief Matters are subject to the following procedures:

a. If the circuit court chief judge for administrative purposes has a conflict and is unable to sign a Conditional Order of Dismissal or Final Order in a Post-Conviction Relief Matter, any circuit judge that is a resident of the judicial circuit may sign the Conditional Order of Dismissal or Final Order.

b. If the resident circuit judges of the judicial circuit are unable or unavailable to sign a Conditional Order of Dismissal or Final Order in a Post-Conviction Relief Matter, any circuit judge assigned to the judicial circuit may sign the Conditional Order of Dismissal or Final Order.

c. If the circuit judges assigned to the judicial circuit are unable or unavailable to sign a Conditional Order of Dismissal or Final Order in a Post-Conviction Relief Matter, any circuit judge residing in or assigned to an adjoining judicial circuit may sign the Conditional Order of Dismissal or Final Order.

  s/Jean Hoefer Toal
Chief Justice

April 12, 2013
Columbia, South Carolina