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South Carolina
Judicial Branch

The Supreme Court of South Carolina

In the Matter of Jacob Gillens, Sr., Respondent

Appellate Case No. 2020-000191



The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) has filed a petition asking the Court to place Respondent on interim suspension pursuant to Rules 17(a) and 17(b) of the Rules for Judicial Disciplinary Enforcement (RJDE) contained in Rule 502 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR).

The petition is granted, and Respondent is placed on interim suspension from any and all judicial duties until further order of this Court.  The County of Orangeburg is under no obligation to pay Respondent his salary during his suspension.  See In re Ferguson, 304 S.C. 216, 219, 403 S.E.2d 628, 631(1991) ("[A] public officer who is suspended from office is not entitled to compensation."). 

Respondent is enjoined from access to any monies, bank accounts, and records related to any court in this state.  Chief Magistrate Derrick F. Dash is hereby appointed to take charge of all such monies, bank accounts, and records for Orangeburg County.  Further, Respondent shall release any public records in his possession to the Orangeburg County magistrate court.  This Order authorizes the appropriate government or law enforcement official to implement any of the prohibitions as stated in this Order.

This Order, when served on any bank or other financial institution maintaining any judicial accounts of Respondent, shall serve as notice to the institution that Respondent is enjoined from having access to or making withdrawals from the accounts.

s/Donald W. Beatty                                               C. J.

Columbia, South Carolina
February 12, 2020