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Judicial Department

The Supreme Court of South Carolina

RE: Charleston County Mental Health Court


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

IT IS ORDERED that the Honorable Peter A. Kouten, Charleston County Associate Probate Judge, may preside over the Charleston County Mental Health Court in the absence of Judge Irvin G. Condon and Judge Tamara C. Curry.  Pursuant to this assignment, Judge Kouten will be responsible for administering the program and coordinating the role of the judiciary with the functions of the Charleston/Dorchester Community Mental Health Center, Charleston County Magistrate’s Court, City Municipal Courts located in Charleston County, Charleston County General Sessions Court, private mental health care providers and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department.  Judge Kouten shall be responsible for overseeing all defendants preliminarily determined to be eligible for the Mental Health Court.

This order takes effect immediately and remains in effect unless amended or rescinded by the Chief Justice.

s/Donald W. Beatty                     
Donald W. Beatty
Chief Justice of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina
July 28, 2017