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Judicial Elections
(Date posted: 05/25/2016)

Judicial elections were held May 25, 2016.

Request for Written Comments
(Date posted: 05/25/2016)

The South Carolina Judicial Department is accepting written comments from attorney E-Filers concerning the current E-Filing Pilot Program in the Court of Common Pleas.

Announcement Concerning Computer-Based Testing for July 2016 Bar Examination
(Date posted: 05/24/2016)

Applicants interested in using laptops to complete their answers to the essay sections of the July 2016 South Carolina Bar Examination must complete and return the attached "Request to Participate" form by Friday, June 10, 2016.

Supreme Court Agrees to Accept and Hear Oral Arguments in the Cases of Pascoe v. Parks and Pascoe v. Wilson
(Date posted: 05/18/2016)

Supreme Court Agrees to Accept and Hear Oral Arguments in the Cases of Pascoe v. Parks and Pascoe v. Wilson

Amendments to Rule 425, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 05/18/2016)

Rule 425, SCACR, has been amended to transfer responsibility for administering the Mandatory Lawyer Mentoring Program to the South Carolina Bar. 

Dedication of the Jean Hoefer Toal Conference Room
(Date posted: 05/17/2016)

The Supreme Court of South Carolina's Court Conference Room, will henceforth be know as the "Jean Hoefer Toal Conference Room" in recognition of her dedicated and impactful service to this Court and to the people of South Carolina

Revised/Created Uniform Expungement Forms
(Date posted: 05/16/2016)

Revised/Created Uniform Expungement Forms

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Comply with Continuing Legal Education Requirements
(Date posted: 05/05/2016)

Pursuant to Rule 419(d)(2), SCACR, these lawyers are hereby suspended from the practice of law.

2016 Human Trafficking in the South Carolina Courts Summit
(Date posted: 05/02/2016)

IT IS ORDERED that all South Carolina Circuit and Family Court Judges shall attend the Human Trafficking in the South Carolina Courts Summit on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, in Columbia, South Carolina.

Rule Amendments Effective
(Date posted: 04/27/2016)

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

E-Filing Pilot Program to Expand to Pickens County on May 3, 2016
(Date posted: 04/26/2016)

Effective May 3, 2016, the E-Filing Pilot Program will expand to include Pickens County in addition to Clarendon, Sumter, Lee, Williamsburg, and Greenville Counties.

Results of the February 2016 Bar Examination
(Date posted: 04/22/2016)

The results of the February 2016 Bar Examination were posted on the Bar Admissions Page at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Amendments to Rule 410, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 04/20/2016)

The Court has amended Rule 410, SCACR, to reclassify members who are Workers' Compensation Commissioners.

Amendments to Appendix H to Part IV, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 04/20/2016)

The Court has amended the regulations concerning the number of continuing paralegal education hours required for paralegal certification.

Limited Certificate of Admission for Military Spouse Attorneys
(Date posted: 04/20/2016)

The Court has adopted Rule 430, SCACR, which allows military spouse attorneys to be granted a limited certificate of admission in South Carolina, and amended Rules 403 and 410, SCACR, based on the new rule.

Amendments to the South Carolina Bar Constitution
(Date posted: 04/20/2016)

The Court has approved several amendments to the South Carolina Bar Constitution.

Results of the February 2016 Bar Examination
(Date posted: 04/19/2016)

The results of the February 2016 Bar Examination will be posted on the Bar Admissions Page at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Amendment to Rule 608, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 03/30/2016)

The Court has amended Rule 608(i), SCACR, to eliminate the requirement that clerks of court provide quarterly reports of appointments made under Rule 608.

Amendment to Rule 416, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 03/30/2016)

The Court has amended Rule 18 of Rule 416, SCACR, concerning the appointment of members of the Resolution of Fee Disputes Board to hear matters in the event of a conflict of interest.

Civil Action Coversheet Revision
(Date posted: 03/28/2016)

The Civil Action Coversheet, SCCA/234, bearing a revision date of 03/2016 is approved for use in the Circuit Courts of the State of South Carolina. The Nature of Action Code for Permanent Restraining Order (608) has been added to the "Special/Complex/Other" section of the form.

Investiture Ceremony for Justice John Cannon Few
(Date posted: 03/24/2016)

The Investiture Ceremony for Justice John Cannon Few was held on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Supreme Court. The ceremony was broadcast live and an archived version is now available for viewing.

Aiken v. Byars Administrative Order
(Date posted: 03/16/2016)

IT IS ORDERED that the following procedures shall be followed statewide in the management and disposition of all motions for resentencing filed pursuant to Aiken v. Byars, 410 S.C. 534, 765 S.E.2d 572 (SC 2014).

Investiture Ceremony for Justice John Cannon Few
(Date posted: 03/15/2016)

The Investiture Ceremony for Justice John Cannon Few will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Supreme Court. The ceremony will be broadcast live and an archived version will be available on the South Carolina Judicial Department's Video Portal for later viewing.

E-Filing Pilot Program to Expand to Greenville County on March 22, 2016
(Date posted: 03/10/2016)

Effective March 22, 2016, the E-Filing Pilot Program will expand to include Greenville County in addition to Clarendon, Sumter, Lee, and Williamsburg Counties. E-Filing is mandatory for attorneys in Pilot counties unless the type of case or the type of filing is excluded from the Pilot Program in accordance with the South Carolina Electronic Filing Policies and Guidelines. For more information go to http://www.sccourts.org/efiling/.

Amendment to Rule 410, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 03/09/2016)

The Court has amended Rule 410, SCACR, to eliminate any license fee for Judicial Members who are retired judges and are at least sixty-five years of age.

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Pay License Fees Required by Rule 410 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR)
(Date posted: 02/29/2016)

The South Carolina Bar has furnished the attached list of lawyers (including those holding a limited certificate to practice law) who have failed to pay their license fees for 2016.

Chief Justice Costa M. Pleicones' State of the Judiciary Address Delivered Wednesday, February 24
(Date posted: 02/25/2016)

Chief Justice Costa M. Pleicones delivered his State of the Judiciary address to the General Assembly on February 24, 2016 at 12:00 noon.

Hazardous Weather Conditions
(Date posted: 02/24/2016)

Hazardous Weather Conditions

Chief Justice Costa M. Pleicones to Deliver State of the Judiciary Address
(Date posted: 02/19/2016)

Chief Justice Costa M. Pleicones will deliver his State of the Judiciary address to the General Assembly on February 24, 2016 at 12:00 noon.

SCCA Form 430S Short Form Financial Declaration
(Date posted: 02/11/2016)

Short Form Financial Declaration Approved for use with Petition for Order of Protection

E-Filing Pilot Program to Expand to Williamsburg County on February 8, 2016
(Date posted: 02/04/2016)

Effective February 8, 2016, the E-Filing Pilot Program will expand to include Williamsburg County in addition to Clarendon, Sumter, and Lee Counties. E-Filing is mandatory for attorneys in Pilot counties unless the type of case or the type of filing is excluded from the Pilot Program in accordance with the South Carolina Electronic Filing Policies and Guidelines. For more information go to http://www.sccourts.org/efiling/.

Judicial Elections
(Date posted: 02/03/2016)

Judicial elections were held February 3, 2016. Congratulations to the following judges who were elected by the General Assembly:

Probate Form Changes
(Date posted: 01/29/2016)

IT IS ORDERED that the attached list of Twenty-Nine (29) revised and new Probate Court Forms, incorporated by reference, are approved for use in the probate courts, hereby effective immediately. 

Rule Changes Submitted to the General Assembly
(Date posted: 01/28/2016)

Pursuant to Article V, § 4A of the South Carolina Constitution, the following rule changes were submitted to the South Carolina General Assembly on January 28, 2016.

Designation of Associate Chief Magistrate in Clarendon County
(Date posted: 01/28/2016)

Designation of Associate Chief Magistrate in Clarendon County

Amendments to the South Carolina Electronic Filing Policies and Guidelines
(Date posted: 01/25/2016)

The Supreme Court has amended the Electronic Filing Policies and Guidelines to clarify when Electronic Signatures should be used on E-Filed documents.

Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination
(Date posted: 01/21/2016)

Pursuant to the Court's authority under Article V, § 4 of the South Carolina Constitution, and after consultation with the Board of Law Examiners and representatives of the South Carolina Bar, the Charleston School of Law, the University of South Carolina School of Law, and the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the Court will replace the current format of the South Carolina Bar Examination with the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE).

Inclement Weather Update
(Date posted: 01/21/2016)

Inclement Weather Update

Amendment to Rule 601, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 01/20/2016)

The Supreme Court has amended Rule 601(a) of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules concerning the order of priority between General Sessions matters and certain merits hearings and juvenile criminal hearings in Family Court.

Grants or Denials of Petitions for Writs of Certiorari Under Rules 242, 243 and 247 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 01/20/2016)

Grants or Denials of Petitions for Writs of Certiorari Under Rules 242, 243 and 247 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules

Electronic Filing Pilot Program - Exemption of Special Referees
(Date posted: 01/15/2016)

Attorneys appointed as special referees are exempt from mandatory E-Filing in cases where they are acting as special referees until further notice. This Order does not excuse attorneys who serve as special referees from mandatory E-Filing in cases where they are counsel for a party.

E-Filing Pilot Program to Expand to Sumter and Lee Counties on January 19, 2016
(Date posted: 01/08/2016)

Effective January 19, 2016, the E-Filing Pilot Program will expand from Clarendon County to include Sumter County and Lee County.

Investiture Ceremony for Chief Justice Costa Pleicones
(Date posted: 01/07/2016)

The Investiture Ceremony for Chief Justice Costa Pleicones was held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Supreme Court. The ceremony was broadcast live and an archived version is now available for viewing.

Request for Approval of Self-Represented Litigant Request for Visitation Packet and Forms - Amended Order
(Date posted: 01/07/2016)

Request for Approval of Self-Represented Litigant Request for Visitation Packet and Forms - Amended Order

South Carolina Board of Paralegal Certification
(Date posted: 01/06/2016)

Based on nominations by the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Bar, nine persons have been appointed to serve on the South Carolina Board of Paralegal Certification.

Interest Rate on Money Decrees and Judgments
(Date posted: 01/05/2016)

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

Amended Business Court Pilot Program
(Date posted: 01/01/2016)

Pursuant to the provisions of S.C. Const. Art. V § 4, this Order supersedes the prior Order dated September 17, 2014 relating to the expansion of the South Carolina Business Court Pilot Program.

Delegation of Authority Business Court
(Date posted: 01/01/2016)

The Honorable Roger M. Young, Sr. is hereby appointed to serve as the Chief Business Court Judge for Administrative Purposes. 

Chief Judges for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts
(Date posted: 01/01/2016)

IT IS ORDERED that the judges of the magisterial courts listed below be designated as Chief Judge or Associate Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts in the counties in which they hold office.

Summary Court Judges Advisory Committee
(Date posted: 01/01/2016)

IT IS ORDERED that the following individuals shall serve on the Summary Court Judges Advisory Committee for the balance of the vacated three year term, which commenced June 3, 2013.

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