Judicial election held May 15, 2013.
Results of the February 2013 Bar Examination
Since ninety days have passed since submission without rejection by the General Assembly, the amendments contained in the above orders are effective immediately.
Lawyers Suspended for Failure to Pay License Fees
The results of the February 2013 Bar Examination were posted on the Bar Admissions Page at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013.
Arguments Scheduled in Case Brought by the South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission
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.
Revised SCCA Form 221C
Petitioner has served and filed a petition for a writ of mandamus, and asks for expedited review of this matter. Additionally, petitioner moves to be allowed to file certain documents under seal.
Revisions to Follow-up Orders That Result From Blair Competency Hearings
IT IS ORDERED that SCCA Form 221C, Order—Finding of Lack of Competence to Stand Trial for the Foreseeable Future and Ordering Probate Commitment Proceedings, is approved for use in the Circuit Courts of South Carolina. The form supersedes all previous versions.
Judgment in a Civil Case Form (SCRCP Form 4C)
IT IS ORDERED that Forms SCCA/221(a), SCCA/221(b), SCCA/222(a), and SCCA/222(b), each bearing a date of 03/2013, are approved for use in the Circuit Courts of South Carolina.
Revision to the Family Court Order - Protection from Domestic Abuse Act
IT IS ORDERED that Form SCRCP Form 4C, Judgment in a Civil Case, bearing a revision date of March 2013, is approved for use in the Circuit Courts of South Carolina and replaces SCRCP Form 4C bearing a revision date of December 2011.
Court-Annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution Expanded to Additional Counties
Fast Track Jury Trials
Effective with cases filed in the circuit court and the family court on or after June 1, 2013, the First, Second, Seventh, and Ninth circuits and Georgetown, Marion, Kershaw and Darlington counties join those counties previously designated by this Court for mandatory ADR. Additionally, in Oconee and Pickens Counties cases filed in the circuit court on or after June 1, 2013 shall be subject to mandatory ADR.
Chief Justice Toal Delivered State of the Judiciary Address
The Chief Justice established rules and procedures for the voluntary use of the Fast Track jury trial process in South Carolina.
Chief Justice Toal to Deliver State of the Judiciary Address
Chief Justice Jean H. Toal delivered her State of the Judiciary address to the General Assembly today, February 20, 2012, at 12:00 noon.
Succession Planning Amendments to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
Chief Justice Jean H. Toal will deliver her State of the Judiciary address to the General Assembly on February 20, 2013 at 12:00 noon.
Rule Changes Submitted to the General Assembly
The Court has adopted a number of amendments to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules concerning the appointment of attorneys to protect the interests of clients under Rule 31, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR, and attorney succession planning.
Pursuant to Article V, § 4A of the South Carolina Constitution, the following rule changes were submitted to the South Carolina General Assembly on January 31, 2013.
Amendment to Rule 402, SCACR
Judicial elections were held January 30, 2013.
Amendments to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
Pursuant to Article V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, Rule 402, SCACR, is hereby amended.
Court Increases Reimbursement for Copying Charges Incurred by Attorneys to Protect Clients' Interests Pursuant to Rule 31(f), RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.
The Commission on Lawyer Conduct and the Commission on Judicial Conduct have proposed a number of amendments to the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement and the Rules for Judicial Disciplinary Enforcement, which are found in Rules 413 and 502, SCACR. The purpose of the amendments is to provide better guidance in proceedings involving incapacity or where a lawyer or judge may be unable to participate in a disciplinary investigation or to assist in his or her own defense in formal proceedings due to a physical or mental condition.
Lesley Coggiola Featured in ABA Journal Article
Pursuant to Article V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, Footnote 1 to Rule 31(f) of Rule 413 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR) is hereby amended.
Interest Rate on Money Decrees and Judgments
An interview with Lesley Coggiola, Disciplinary Counsel, is featured in an article titled "You're Out of Order! Dealing with the costs of incivility in the legal profession".
The Supreme Court issues order regarding the legal rate of interest on money decrees and judgments.