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RE:  Suspension of unexecuted family court issued bench warrants for the non-payment of child support and alimony




As our state and nation continue to battle an ongoing public health crisis, our legal system is facing unprecedented challenges. In an attempt to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, and in response to actions taken by other entities,

I FIND that the public health emergency created by COVID-19 requires changes to the normal functioning of the South Carolina Judicial System.

Therefore, in order to protect the health and safety of our State's citizens, and

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

IT IS ORDERED, that any and all unexecuted bench warrants issued by Family Courts of this State, for the non-payment of child support and alimony, shall not be executed and no person subject to such bench warrants shall be arrested, for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of this Order.

This Order supersedes the Suspension of Arrests of Unexecuted Family Court Issued Bench Warrants for the Non-payment of Child Support and Alimony Order dated April 10, 2020.

This Order is effective immediately.

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


Columbia, South Carolina
May 7, 2020