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No Advance Sheet posted this week
(Date posted: 10/16/2019)

No Advance Sheet will be posted during this week.

Extended Maintenance Notice
(Date posted: 10/11/2019)

The South Carolina Judicial Branch will conduct extended network maintenance on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, beginning at approximately 6:00 PM affecting many of our systems, including E-Filing.

Results of the July 2019 Uniform Bar Examination
(Date posted: 10/11/2019)

The results of the July 2019 Uniform Bar Examination were posted

Results of the July 2019 Uniform Bar Examination
(Date posted: 10/09/2019)

The results of the July 2019 Uniform Bar Examination will be posted at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019

E-Filing Pilot Program to Expand to Charleston County on October 21, 2019
(Date posted: 09/30/2019)

Effective October 21, 2019, the E-Filing Pilot Program in the Court of Common Pleas will expand to include Charleston County in addition to all other counties in South Carolina. E-Filing in the Court of Common Pleas is mandatory for attorneys 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 about the Pilot Program and for training resources for attorneys and their staff, go to http://www.sccourts.org/efiling/.

Spartanburg Homeless Court Program
(Date posted: 09/20/2019)

I FIND that the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission has petitioned the Supreme Court of South Carolina to create a homeless court in the City of Spartanburg Municipal Court (hereinafter “Spartanburg Homeless Court Program”) to handle minor offenses pertaining to qualified homeless participants.

Florence Homeless Court Program
(Date posted: 09/16/2019)

Florence Homeless Court Program

Postponement of E-Filing in Charleston County
(Date posted: 09/09/2019)

Based on the impact of Hurricane Dorian and the resulting closure of county offices in Charleston County, the prior Order directing that E-Filing commence in Charleston County on September 18, 2019, is rescinded. An Order will be issued setting a new date for the commencement of E-Filing in Charleston once that decision has been made.

Order Regarding Hurricane Dorian and the Computation of Time
(Date posted: 09/09/2019)

On August 31, 2019, the Governor of South Carolina issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency existed throughout the State of South Carolina in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian.

Inclement Weather
(Date posted: 09/02/2019)

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has declared a “state of emergency,” and the National Hurricane Center is forecasting that South Carolina will experience severe weather starting Wednesday as a result of Hurricane Dorian. Gov. McMaster has issued a mandatory evacuation for coastal areas and has announced the closure of state government offices in a number of coastal counties beginning Tuesday.

E-Filing Pilot Program to Expand to Charleston County on September 18, 2019
(Date posted: 08/28/2019)

Effective September 18, 2019, the E-Filing Pilot Program in the Court of Common Pleas will expand to include Charleston County in addition to all other counties in South Carolina. E-Filing in the Court of Common Pleas is mandatory for attorneys 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 about the Pilot Program and for training resources for attorneys and their staff, go to http://www.sccourts.org/efiling/.

No Advance Sheets posted this week
(Date posted: 08/14/2019)

No Advance Sheets posted this week

Rules of the Board of Law Examiners - Appendix A, SCACR
(Date posted: 08/07/2019)

On August 1, the Court approved amendments to the Rules of the Board of Law Examiners found at Appendix A to Part IV of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules. The Rules relate to Special Accommodations for Disabled Applicants. Generally, the changes require all medical records to be filed with an applicant's original request and limits the record on appeal to the documents considered by the Board in making its decision.

Appointment of Chief Magistrate in Fairfield County
(Date posted: 07/12/2019)

Appointment of Chief Magistrate in Fairfield County

Fee Memorandum - Clerks of Court and Registers of Deeds
(Date posted: 07/10/2019)

Statutory provisions for the distribution of revenue generated by the circuit courts, and family courts; fees and related charges of the registers of deeds

Fee Memorandum - Magistrate Courts and Municipal Courts
(Date posted: 07/10/2019)

Statutory provisions for the distribution of revenue generated by the magistrate courts and municipal courts

Fee Memorandum - County Treasurers
(Date posted: 07/10/2019)

Statutory provisions for the distribution of revenue generated by the circuit courts, family courts, magistrates courts and municipal courts; fees and related charges of the registers of deeds

Chief Judges for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts
(Date posted: 07/01/2019)

The judges of the magisterial and municipal courts, hereinafter referred to as "summary courts," of South Carolina being a part of the uniform statewide judicial system and pursuant to the provisions of Article V, Section 4 of the South Carolina Constitution.

E-Filing Announcement-Important Maintenance Notice
(Date posted: 06/20/2019)

The South Carolina Judicial Branch will conduct emergency network maintenance on June 20, 2019, beginning at approximately 9:00 PM affecting many of our systems, including E-Filing. It is expected that maintenance will be completed no later than 10:00 PM. E-Filers will not be able to access the E-Filing application or E-File documents during the maintenance window.

Court of Appeals Holds Special Session in Florence
(Date posted: 06/11/2019)

The South Carolina Court of Appeals held a special session on Thursday, June 6, at the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center.

Amendments to South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 06/05/2019)

The Supreme Court has amended Rule 1.6 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, contained in Rule 407 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, to add a new comment to Rule 1.6. The Court has also amended Rules 1.0 and 1.10 of the Rules of Professional Conduct to correct minor scrivener's errors in those rules.

Amendments to South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 06/05/2019)

The Supreme Court has amended Rule 422 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules to alter the composition of the Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution to provide for the appointment of three at-large members, who may be lawyers, judges, or public members.

Honeycutt to Lead Access to Justice Commission
(Date posted: 05/31/2019)

The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission has selected Hannah C. Honeycutt to serve as its new Executive Director. Honeycutt will lead the Commission in its mission to address barriers to legal representation in South Carolina.

Charleston Housing Court Pilot Project
(Date posted: 05/28/2019)

The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission has petitioned the Supreme Court of South Carolina to create a pilot program establishing a Housing Court in the County of Charleston Magistrate Court (hereinafter “Charleston Housing Court Pilot Project”) to create an eviction docket on specific days in three specific Magistrate Courts in Charleston County. There is significant need to provide access to legal representation to tenants in Charleston County facing eviction. Increased representation can ensure that the eviction is lawful, defenses are effectively asserted, and secure other relief that may help prevent homelessness.

County Court Security Committees
(Date posted: 05/28/2019)

County Court Security Committees

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Comply with Continuing Legal Education Requirements
(Date posted: 05/13/2019)

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Comply with Continuing Legal Education Requirements

Judicial Elections
(Date posted: 05/08/2019)

A judicial election was held May 8, 2019.

Rule Amendments
(Date posted: 05/01/2019)

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

Revised General Sessions Subpoena Form
(Date posted: 05/01/2019)

Pursuant to the provisions of Article V, Section 4 of the South Carolina Constitution, SCCA Form 253 titled "Subpoena in a Criminal Case" is amended effective May 1, 2019. 

E-Filing Announcement-Scheduled Maintenance Notice
(Date posted: 04/22/2019)

The South Carolina Judicial Branch will conduct network maintenance on Saturday, April 27, 2019, beginning at 8:00 AM affecting many of our systems, including E-Filing. It is expected that maintenance will be completed by 10:00 PM.

Results of the February 2019 Bar Examination
(Date posted: 04/19/2019)

Results of the February 2019 Bar Examination

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Conway
(Date posted: 04/19/2019)

The Supreme Court of South Carolina heard oral arguments at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., on Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Results of the February 2019 Uniform Bar Examination
(Date posted: 04/15/2019)

Results of the February 2019 Uniform Bar Examination

Amendments to South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 03/13/2019)

The Supreme Court has amended Rule 408, Rule 504, and the CLE Regulations located in Appendix C to Part IV of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules at the request of the South Carolina Bar and the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Among other things, the amendments increase the substance abuse/mental health CLE requirements and permit lawyers to obtain more CLE hours through online programs.

Family Court Forms
(Date posted: 03/13/2019)

Family Court Forms

E-Filing Pilot Program to Expand to Abbeville County on March 26, 2019
(Date posted: 03/06/2019)

Effective March 26, 2019, the E-Filing Pilot Program will expand to include Abbeville County in addition to Clarendon, Sumter, Lee, Williamsburg, Greenville, Pickens, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Anderson, Oconee, Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Allendale, Colleton, Horry, Georgetown, Aiken, Barnwell, Bamberg, Lexington, Saluda, Edgefield, McCormick, Kershaw, Newberry, Laurens, Greenwood, York, Richland, Union, Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Dorchester, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Berkeley, Florence, Marion, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Darlington, and Dillon Counties. E-Filing in the Court of Common Pleas 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 about the Pilot Program and for training resources for attorneys and their staff, go to http://www.sccourts.org/efiling/.

Chief Justice Beatty Delivers 2019 State of the Judiciary Address
(Date posted: 02/27/2019)

Supreme Court of South Carolina Justice Donald W. Beatty delivered the annual State of the Judiciary address today at noon during a joint session of the South Carolina General Assembly.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Sumter
(Date posted: 02/22/2019)

The Supreme Court of South Carolina heard oral arguments at Patriot Hall in Sumter, S.C., on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Pay License Fees Required by Rule 410 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR)
(Date posted: 02/22/2019)

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 2019.

E-Filing Pilot Program to Expand to Dillon County on February 26, 2019
(Date posted: 02/07/2019)

Effective February 26, 2019, the E-Filing Pilot Program will expand to include Dillon County in addition to Clarendon, Sumter, Lee, Williamsburg, Greenville, Pickens, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Anderson, Oconee, Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Allendale, Colleton, Horry, Georgetown, Aiken, Barnwell, Bamberg, Lexington, Saluda, Edgefield, McCormick, Kershaw, Newberry, Laurens, Greenwood, York, Richland, Union, Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Dorchester, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Berkeley, Florence, Marion, Chesterfield, Marlboro, and Darlington Counties. E-Filing in the Court of Common Pleas 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 about the Pilot Program and for training resources for attorneys and their staff, go to http://www.sccourts.org/efiling/.

Judicial Elections
(Date posted: 02/06/2019)

Judicial elections were held February 6, 2019.

Rule Changes Submitted to the General Assembly
(Date posted: 01/31/2019)

Pursuant to Article V, § 4A of the South Carolina Constitution, the following rule changes were submitted to the South Carolina General Assembly on January 31, 2019.

Extension for Payment of South Carolina Bar License Fees by Federal Government Employees
(Date posted: 01/25/2019)

Accordingly, a federal employee who is a member of the South Carolina Bar under Rule 410 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, and who is no longer being paid due to the shutdown, is hereby granted an extension to pay the 2019 license fees under Rule 410. The deadline for payment is extended to thirty (30) days after the federal government shutdown ends for that person's agency, department or other instrumentality of the United States.

South Carolina Access to Justice Commission Executive Director
(Date posted: 01/25/2019)

Executive Director job posting.

E-Filing Pilot Program to Expand to Darlington County on February 5, 2019
(Date posted: 01/23/2019)

Effective February 5, 2019, the E-Filing Pilot Program will expand to include Darlington County in addition to Clarendon, Sumter, Lee, Williamsburg, Greenville, Pickens, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Anderson, Oconee, Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Allendale, Colleton, Horry, Georgetown, Aiken, Barnwell, Bamberg, Lexington, Saluda, Edgefield, McCormick, Kershaw, Newberry, Laurens, Greenwood, York, Richland, Union, Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Dorchester, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Berkeley, Florence, Marion, Chesterfield, and Marlboro Counties. E-Filing in the Court of Common Pleas 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 about the Pilot Program and for training resources for attorneys and their staff, go to http://www.sccourts.org/efiling/.

Chief Justice Beatty Administers Oath of Office to Solicitors
(Date posted: 01/11/2019)

Supreme Court of South Carolina Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty held a swearing-in ceremony for six South Carolina solicitors on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Interest Rate on Money Decrees and Judgments
(Date posted: 01/11/2019)

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

Digital Courtroom Recorder Project Pilot Program
(Date posted: 01/10/2019)

Digital Courtroom Recorder Project Pilot Program

SCCA Form 800 Transcript Request
(Date posted: 01/10/2019)

SCCA Form 800 Transcript Request

Pilot Program for Enhanced Court Supervision of SCDSS Cases
(Date posted: 01/03/2019)

Pilot Program for Enhanced Court Supervision of SCDSS Cases

E-Filing Announcement-Scheduled Maintenance Notice
(Date posted: 01/03/2019)

The South Carolina Judicial Department will conduct network maintenance on Saturday, January 12, 2019, beginning at 8:00 AM affecting many of our systems, including E-Filing.