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Pursuant to provisions of Article V, Section 4 of the South Carolina Constitution,  

IT IS ORDERED that until subsequent order by the Chief Justice, Family Courts statewide shall only hear emergency matters including, but not limited to, DSS Emergency Protective Custody, Juvenile Detentions, Bench Warrants, and Emergency Petitions for Orders of Protection from Domestic Abuse.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that only attorneys, their clients, and necessary witnesses will be allowed to appear for these emergency hearings.  


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


Columbia, South Carolina
March 16, 2020