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South Carolina
Judicial Branch

RULE 240

(a) Applicability. This Rule governs all motions or petitions filed in the appellate court, including but not limited to: motions for extension of time, motions to reinstate, petitions for rehearing, motions to be relieved as counsel or for substitution of counsel, petitions for supersedeas, motions to remand or dismiss and petitions for hearing en banc. Where Rules 241 through 246 provide different or additional requirements or procedures, those requirements or procedures shall apply.

(b) Stay of Time Limits. Unless otherwise provided by these Rules, or ordered by the appellate court, the time limits imposed by these Rules shall not be stayed by the filing of a motion or petition. A motion to dismiss an appeal or a motion to relieve counsel shall, however, automatically stay the time limits for perfecting the appeal until the motion is decided.

(c) Form and Content of Motions and Petitions. All motions or petitions filed in an appellate court shall be in writing, shall state the grounds thereof, and shall comply with the requirements of Rule 267. The pages of the motion or petition and all supporting documents shall be consecutively numbered. Each motion or petition shall include the following:

(1) A certificate or affidavit of service reflecting the date of service upon all parties. The original certificate or affidavit of service must be filed with the original motion or petition.

(2) A memorandum with citation of authorities in support of the motion.

(3) Where the Record on Appeal or Appendix has not been filed, or where the facts relied upon in support of the motion are not contained in the Record on Appeal or Appendix, the parties shall file affidavits and other documents in support of their positions.

(d) Filing of Motions and Petitions. The motion or petition shall be filed with the clerk of the appellate court, and a copy shall be served upon each party. The motion or petition filed with the appellate court shall be accompanied by the filing fee set by order of the Supreme Court.1 This filing fee shall not be required for motions or petitions in criminal appeals; petitions for writs of certiorari under Rules 242, 243, and 247; certified questions under Rule 244; petitions to invoke the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under Rule 245; or motions or petitions filed by the State of South Carolina or its departments or agencies. In extraordinary cases, the appellate court may relieve a party from paying the filing fee.

(e) Return to Motion. Any party opposing a motion or petition shall have ten (10) days from the date of service thereof to file a return with the clerk and serve on all parties a copy of the return; provided, however, that a return to a petition for rehearing may only be filed if permitted under Rule 221(a). The court may in its discretion enlarge or limit the time for filing the return. The provisions of Rule 240(c) shall apply to a return. Failure of a party to timely file a return may be deemed a consent by that party to the relief sought in the motion or petition.

(f) Reply. The moving party shall have five (5) days from the date of service of a return to file a reply with the clerk and serve on all parties a copy of the reply. The provisions of Rule 240(c) apply to a reply.

(g) Failure to Comply. Failure of the moving party to perform any act required by this Rule may be deemed an abandonment of the motion or petition.

(h) Hearing. Unless otherwise directed by the court, motions or petitions shall be decided without oral argument. If argument is directed, the appellate court may elect to conduct the argument using remote communication technology. Further, any necessary oath or affirmation may be administered by remote communication technology. For the purpose of this provision, remote communication technology means technology such as video conferencing and teleconferencing which allows audio and/or video to be shared at different locations in real time.

(i) Rehearing. The court will not entertain petitions for rehearing on a motion or petition unless the action of the court on the motion or petition has the effect of dismissing or finally deciding a party's appeal.

(j) Authority of an Individual Judge or Justice. Except where these rules require the concurrence of two or more members of an appellate court, an individual judge or justice may grant or deny any motion or petition on behalf of the court. Any review of an order issued by an individual judge or justice shall be by petition for rehearing.

Last amended by Order dated April 30, 2024.

1 By order dated October 9, 2018, the filing fee for motions and petitions was set at fifty ($50) dollars.