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Issuance of No-knock Search Warrants by Circuit and Summary Court Judges
(Date posted: 07/10/2020)

Issuance of No-knock Search Warrants by Circuit and Summary Court Judges

COVID-19 Mitigation Measures for the July 2020 South Carolina Bar Examination
(Date posted: 07/02/2020)

COVID-19 Mitigation Measures for the July 2020 South Carolina Bar Examination

Chief Judges for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts
(Date posted: 06/29/2020)

Chief Judges for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts

Scheduled Maintenance Notice
(Date posted: 06/23/2020)

The SC Judicial Branch will conduct network maintenance on Saturday, June 27, 2020, beginning at 8:00 AM affecting many of our systems, including AIS, CMS, JMS & E-Filing. It is expected that maintenance will be completed by 11:00 PM Saturday night. Anyone connected to any application or website hosted by SCJB will experience an interruption in service during this maintenance window.

Completion of the Essentials Series by Newly Admitted Members
(Date posted: 06/16/2020)

This Order permits all newly admitted members admitted pursuant to Rule 402, SCACR, to complete a required Essentials Series course online for the 2020-2021 annual reporting year.

Waiver of Distance Learning Limitations for Continuing Legal Education Requirements
(Date posted: 06/16/2020)

This Order waives the restrictions on the numbers of CLE credits that may be obtained through online or telephone courses for the 2020-2021 annual reporting year.

Amended Supplemental Guidance Regarding Lawyer and Judicial Disciplinary Matters During the Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 06/15/2020)

Second Amended Order for Supplemental Guidance Regarding Lawyer and Judicial Disciplinary Matters During the Coronavirus Emergency

Suspension of unexecuted family court issued bench warrants for the non-payment of child support and alimony
(Date posted: 06/05/2020)

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

Court Operations during the Seven-Week Period June 15 – July 31, 2020
(Date posted: 06/03/2020)

Court Operations during the Seven-Week Period June 15 – July 31, 2020

July 2020 Bar Examination and the Coronavirus Pandemic
(Date posted: 06/02/2020)

July 2020 Bar Examination and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Amended Order Regarding the Operation of the Appellate Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 05/29/2020)

Amended Order Regarding the Operation of the Appellate Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency

County Grand Juries
(Date posted: 05/29/2020)

County Grand Juries

Use of Personal Protective Equipment in County Court Facilities
(Date posted: 05/27/2020)

Use of Personal Protective Equipment in County Court Facilities

Webex Oral Argument at the South Carolina Court of Appeals
(Date posted: 05/21/2020)

Pursuant to guidelines issued by the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court, the South Carolina Court of Appeals will hold oral arguments via Cisco WebEx for the months of May and June, 2020.

Certification of Compliance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in Foreclosures
(Date posted: 05/13/2020)

Certification of Compliance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in Foreclosures

Supreme Court to Conduct Arguments in Bailey v. Election Commission Using Cisco WebEx
(Date posted: 05/09/2020)

Supreme Court to Conduct Arguments in Bailey v. Election Commission Using Cisco WebEx

Suspension of unexecuted family court issued bench warrants for the non-payment of child support and alimony
(Date posted: 05/08/2020)

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

Resolution of Certain Summary Court Level Offenses During COVID-19 Outbreak
(Date posted: 05/08/2020)

Resolution of Certain Summary Court Level Offenses During COVID-19 Outbreak

Certification of Compliance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in Evictions and Foreclosures Forms
(Date posted: 05/06/2020)

Certification of Compliance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in Evictions and Foreclosures Forms

Participation in Closings of Real Estate Transactions
(Date posted: 05/01/2020)

Participation in Closings of Real Estate Transactions

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Comply with Continuing Legal Education Requirements
(Date posted: 05/01/2020)

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Comply with Continuing Legal Education Requirements

South Carolina Court of Appeals to Hold Webex Oral Argument
(Date posted: 05/01/2020)

Pursuant to guidelines issued by the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court, the South Carolina Court of Appeals will hold oral arguments via Cisco WebEx on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. These will be the first full appellate arguments conducted by video means in our court. The roster of cases is available on sccourts.org. Requests to view oral argument may be emailed prior to the commencement of the argument to ctappfilings@sccourts.org.

Statewide Evictions and Foreclosures
(Date posted: 04/30/2020)

Statewide Evictions and Foreclosures

Video/Audio Conferencing Hearings Statewide
(Date posted: 04/30/2020)

Video/Audio Conferencing Hearings Statewide

Rule Amendments
(Date posted: 04/29/2020)

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

Lawyer Mentoring Program and the Coronavirus Pandemic
(Date posted: 04/29/2020)

Lawyer Mentoring Program and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Trial Court Video/Audioconferencing Consent Forms
(Date posted: 04/28/2020)

Trial Court Video/Audioconferencing Consent Forms

Court Operations During the Six Week Period, May 4 – June 12, 2020
(Date posted: 04/24/2020)

Court Operations During the Six Week Period, May 4 – June 12, 2020

Order Regarding Waiver of Distance Learning Limitations for Magistrates and Municipal Judges
(Date posted: 04/23/2020)

Order Regarding Waiver of Distance Learning Limitations for Magistrates and Municipal Judges

Amended Order Regarding Trial Court Operations During Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 04/22/2020)

Amended Order Regarding Trial Court Operations During Coronavirus Emergency

Posted Results of the February 2020 Uniform Bar Examination
(Date posted: 04/17/2020)

Posted Results of the February 2020 Uniform Bar Examination

Results of the February 2020 Uniform Bar Examination
(Date posted: 04/16/2020)

Results of the February 2020 Uniform Bar Examination

Admission of Persons to Practice Law During the Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 04/15/2020)

Admission of Persons to Practice Law During the Coronavirus Emergency

Amended Order Regarding Trial Court Operations During Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 04/14/2020)

This order amends sections (c)(5) and (c)(8) of the order filed on April 3, 2020.

Amended Supplemental Guidance Regarding Lawyer and Judicial Disciplinary Matters During the Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 04/13/2020)

Amended Supplemental Guidance Regarding Lawyer and Judicial Disciplinary Matters During the Coronavirus Emergency

Suspension of arrests of unexecuted family court issued bench warrants for the non-payment of child support and alimony
(Date posted: 04/10/2020)

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

Alternate Method of Submitting Filings to the Appellate Courts
(Date posted: 04/09/2020)

Alternate Method of Submitting Filings to the Appellate Courts

Judicial Branch Moves to Remote Operations
(Date posted: 04/06/2020)

Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, the Supreme Court, John C. Calhoun and Edgar Brown Buildings, are closed to the public.

Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 04/03/2020)

Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency

Statement on Evictions and Foreclosures from Chief Justice Beatty
(Date posted: 04/02/2020)

Statement on Evictions and Foreclosures from Chief Justice Beatty

S.C. Judicial Branch Coronavirus Web Page
(Date posted: 03/31/2020)

S.C. Judicial Branch Coronavirus Web Page

Supplemental Guidance Regarding Lawyer and Judicial Disciplinary Matters During the Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 03/27/2020)

Supplemental Guidance Regarding Lawyer and Judicial Disciplinary Matters During the Coronavirus Emergency

Appellate Court Operations During Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 03/20/2020)

Appellate Court Operations During Coronavirus Emergency

Mediation Settlement Conferences
(Date posted: 03/19/2020)

Mediation Settlement Conferences

Statewide Evictions and Foreclosures
(Date posted: 03/19/2020)

Statewide Evictions and Foreclosures

Statewide Family Court Order
(Date posted: 03/19/2020)

Statewide Family Court Order

Family Court Schedule and Judicial Travel
(Date posted: 03/19/2020)

Family Court Schedule and Judicial Travel

Circuit Court Schedule and Judicial Travel
(Date posted: 03/19/2020)

Circuit Court Schedule and Judicial Travel

Statewide Evictions
(Date posted: 03/17/2020)

Statewide Evictions

Waiver of Distance Learning Limitations for 2019-2020 Continuing Legal Education Reporting Year
(Date posted: 03/17/2020)

Waiver of Distance Learning Limitations for 2019-2020 Continuing Legal Education Reporting Year

Trial Courts Coronavirus Memo
(Date posted: 03/16/2020)

Trial Courts Coronavirus Memo

Summary Courts Coronavirus Memo
(Date posted: 03/16/2020)

Summary Courts Coronavirus Memo

Statewide Family Court Order
(Date posted: 03/16/2020)

Statewide Family Court Order

Kershaw County Family Court Proceedings
(Date posted: 03/14/2020)

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice, Kershaw Family Court will only hear emergency matters to include DSS Emergency Protective Custody, Juvenile Detentions, Bench Warrants and Emergency Petitions for Orders of Protection from Domestic Abuse.

Access to the Supreme Court Building
(Date posted: 03/13/2020)

Access to the Supreme Court Building

Court of Appeals Oral Argument
(Date posted: 03/13/2020)

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court of Appeals is implementing a policy that only attorneys, litigants, and necessary staff may attend oral argument. Spectators and visitors will not be permitted during court proceedings.

Richland County Family Court Proceedings
(Date posted: 03/12/2020)

Beginning Friday March 13, 2020, until further notice, Richland Family Court will only hear emergency matters to include DSS Emergency Protective Custody, Juvenile Detentions, Bench Warrants and Emergency Petitions for Orders of Protection from Domestic Abuse.

Richland County Administrative Order
(Date posted: 03/12/2020)

Richland County Administrative Order

Statement from Chief Justice Beatty
(Date posted: 03/12/2020)

“It was determined that someone in the Richland County Courthouse has had indirect contact with the Coronavirus. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, I have ordered court operations at the Richland County Courthouse to be streamlined. I believe this decision to be in the best interest of litigants, attorneys, employees, and the public. The order shall remain in effect until further notice.”

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparation
(Date posted: 03/04/2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparation

Supreme Court Releases Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2019
(Date posted: 02/27/2020)

Supreme Court Releases Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2019

South Carolina Advance Sheet
(Date posted: 02/26/2020)

No South Carolina Advance Sheet will be Posted this Week.

Richland County Family Court Update, Feb. 25, 2020
(Date posted: 02/25/2020)

Due to flooding, Richland County Family Court is temporarily operating on a limited basis. There is no court scheduled this week. Cases that were scheduled for court during the week of Feb. 24 – 28 are being rescheduled. Court will resume on Monday, March 2. The Family Court Administrative Offices are open, answering the phones, and accepting pleadings and other paperwork. Emergencies will be heard in Richland County Family Court on Wednesday, Feb. 26, Thursday, Feb. 27, and Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 3F.

Richland County Family Court Hearings
(Date posted: 02/24/2020)

Due to flooding in a portion of the courthouse building, Richland County Family Court will be unable to hold hearings this week. However, emergency matters will be heard. Richland County Family Court will resume accepting filings tomorrow in the Clerk of Court’s Office. Please contact the Richland County Clerk of Court’s office at (803) 576-3326, (803) 576-3361, or (803) 576-1947 with any questions.

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Pay License Fees Required by Rule 410 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR)
(Date posted: 02/21/2020)

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Pay License Fees Required by Rule 410 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR)

Inclement Weather
(Date posted: 02/06/2020)

Inclement Weather

Judicial elections were held February 5, 2020
(Date posted: 02/05/2020)

Judicial elections were held February 5, 2020. Congratulations to the following judges who were elected by the South Carolina General Assembly

Rule Changes Submitted to the General Assembly
(Date posted: 01/30/2020)

Pursuant to Article V, § 4A of the South Carolina Constitution, the following rule changes were submitted to the South Carolina General Assembly on January 30, 2020.

Request for Written Comments
(Date posted: 01/22/2020)

The Supreme Court is accepting written comments concerning proposed amendments to Rule 9 of the South Carolina Court-Annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules.

Interest Rate on Money Decrees and Judgments
(Date posted: 01/06/2020)

Order issued regarding legal rate of interest on money decrees and judgments.