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Automation of the General Sessions Sentencing Sheet in Cherokee County
(Date posted: 09/17/2021)

After gathering input from stakeholders and in an effort to produce clear and concise criminal sentencing information, I find it prudent to automate the General Sessions sentencing sheet process.

Revised Order Regarding the Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 08/27/2021)

Revised Order Regarding the Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency

Order Regarding the Use of Remote Communication Technology by the Trial Courts
(Date posted: 08/27/2021)

Order Regarding the Use of Remote Communication Technology by the Trial Courts

Rescission of Order Relating to the Operation of the Appellate Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 08/25/2021)

Rescission of Order Relating to the Operation of the Appellate Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency

Order Regarding the Methods of Electronic Filing and Service Under Rule 262 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
(Date posted: 08/25/2021)

Order Regarding the Methods of Electronic Filing and Service Under Rule 262 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules

Order Regarding Reduced Number of Copies Required in Appellate Matters
(Date posted: 08/25/2021)

Order Regarding Reduced Number of Copies Required in Appellate Matters

Waiver of Distance Learning Limitations for Magistrates and Municipal Judges
(Date posted: 08/23/2021)

The South Carolina Appellate Court Rules provide that magistrate and municipal judges may obtain no more than six credit hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) via online or telephonic courses in an annual reporting year.

Richard J. Creswick v. The University of South Carolina and Alan Wilson
(Date posted: 08/17/2021)

The Supreme Court of South Carolina has issued its opinion in Creswick v. The University of South Carolina and Alan Wilson in his official capacity as Attorney General.

Amendments to Rule 3.8 of the Rules of Professional Conduct
(Date posted: 08/11/2021)

The amendments to Rule 3.8 of the Rules of Professional Conduct govern a prosecutor's ethical responsibilities upon learning that a convicted defendant is likely innocent.

Lawyer-Legislator Protection During Public Hearings and Committee Meetings on Redistricting and the American Rescue Plan Act
(Date posted: 08/04/2021)

This order provides temporary protection for lawyers who serve as members of the General Assembly and who are participating in public hearings and meetings related to adoption of redistricting plans or maps to redraw South Carolina congressional and state districts and committee meetings regarding the American Rescue Plan Act.

Amended Order Regarding the Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency Extended to August 31, 2021
(Date posted: 07/30/2021)

The Supreme Court has issued an order extending the Amended Order Regarding the Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency (As Amended June 15, 2021) to August 31, 2021.

Pilot Program for Continuing Legal Education Credits for Pro Bono Participation in the Charleston Housing Court
(Date posted: 07/28/2021)

The Supreme Court has issued an order creating a pilot program that allows lawyers to receive CLE credit for pro bono participation in the Charleston Housing Court

South Carolina Advance Sheets
(Date posted: 07/23/2021)

No opinions will be posted this week.

Automation of the General Sessions Sentencing Sheet Process
(Date posted: 07/09/2021)

Automation of the General Sessions Sentencing Sheet Process

General Sessions Sentencing Sheet
(Date posted: 07/09/2021)

General Sessions Sentencing Sheet

Inclement Weather
(Date posted: 07/06/2021)

Inclement Weather

Limited Technical Failure of the E-Filing System
(Date posted: 07/02/2021)

Because SC.Gov experienced a payment processing outage, the South Carolina Judicial Branch has announced a limited Technical Failure of the E-Filing System for July 1, 2021, in accordance with Section 9(b) of the South Carolina Electronic Filing Policies and Guidelines. This Technical Failure only affects E-Filings that require payment. E-Filers may utilize the provisions of Section 9(d) or (e) of the South Carolina Electronic Filing Policies and Guidelines to submit filings or serve documents through available alternative procedures with respect to any document that requires payment and was required to be filed or served on July 1, 2021.

Fee Memorandum - County Treasurers
(Date posted: 07/01/2021)

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

Fee Memorandum - Clerks of Court and Registers of Deeds
(Date posted: 07/01/2021)

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: 07/01/2021)

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

Supreme Court of South Carolina Names Patricia A. Howard Clerk of Court
(Date posted: 06/30/2021)

Supreme Court of South Carolina Names Patricia A. Howard Clerk of Court

Supreme Court of South Carolina Clerk of Court Daniel E. Shearouse Receives Highest Professional and Civilian Honors
(Date posted: 06/30/2021)

Supreme Court of South Carolina Clerk of Court Daniel E. Shearouse Receives Highest Professional and Civilian Honors

Chief Judges for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts
(Date posted: 06/30/2021)

Chief Judges for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts

The Court has released an order regarding COVID-19 mitigation measures for the July 2021 Bar Examination
(Date posted: 06/18/2021)

The Court has released an order regarding COVID-19 mitigation measures for the July 2021 Bar Examination

Amended Order Regarding the Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency (As Amended June 15, 2021)
(Date posted: 06/15/2021)

Amended Order Regarding the Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency (As Amended June 15, 2021)

Limited Technical Failure of the E-Filing System
(Date posted: 06/08/2021)

Because SC.Gov experienced a payment processing outage, the South Carolina Judicial Department has announced a limited Technical Failure of the E-Filing System for June 7, 2021, in accordance with Section 9(b) of the South Carolina Electronic Filing Policies and Guidelines. This Technical Failure only affects E-Filings that require payment. E-Filers may utilize the provisions of Section 9(d) or (e) of the South Carolina Electronic Filing Policies and Guidelines to submit filings or serve documents through available alternative procedures with respect to any document that requires payment and was required to be filed or served on June 7, 2021.

Administrative Order Enjoining the Referral of Discovery Disputes to Special Referees
(Date posted: 06/04/2021)

The Supreme Court has issued an administrative order that enjoins the practice of referring discovery disputes to special referees, effective immediately.

South Carolina Advance Sheets will be posted on Thursday, June 3, 2021.
(Date posted: 06/01/2021)

South Carolina Advance Sheets will be posted on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

South Carolina Advance Sheet
(Date posted: 05/26/2021)

No South Carolina Advance Sheet will be Posted this Week.

Amendments to the South Carolina Court-Annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules
(Date posted: 05/14/2021)

The Supreme Court has amended Rule 20 of the ADR Rules and Appendix A and B to the ADR Rules

Completion of the Essentials Series by Newly Admitted Members
(Date posted: 05/05/2021)

This Order permits all newly admitted members admitted pursuant to Rule 402, SCACR, to complete a required Essentials Series course online for the 2021-2022 annual reporting year.

Live Streaming Oral Argument at the Court of Appeals
(Date posted: 05/03/2021)

Live Streaming Oral Argument at the Court of Appeals

Rule Amendments
(Date posted: 04/29/2021)

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

New and Revised Circuit and Family Court Forms
(Date posted: 04/29/2021)

New and Revised Circuit and Family Court Forms

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Comply with Continuing Legal Education Requirements
(Date posted: 04/26/2021)

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Comply with Continuing Legal Education Requirements

Posted Results of the February 2021 Bar Examination
(Date posted: 04/23/2021)

Posted Results of the February 2021 Bar Examination

July 2021 Bar Examination and the Coronavirus Pandemic
(Date posted: 04/21/2021)

July 2021 Bar Examination and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Results of the February 2021 Uniform Bar Examination
(Date posted: 04/21/2021)

Results of the February 2021 Uniform Bar Examination

South Carolina Advance Sheet
(Date posted: 04/14/2021)

No South Carolina Advance Sheet will be Posted this Week.

Waiver of Distance Learning Limitations for Continuing Legal Education Requirements
(Date posted: 03/31/2021)

This Order waives the restrictions on the numbers of CLE credits that may be obtained through online or telephone courses for the 2021-2022 annual reporting year.

Inclement Weather
(Date posted: 03/18/2021)

Inclement Weather

Memo Regarding the Amended Order Regarding the Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 03/05/2021)

Memo Regarding the Amended Order Regarding the Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency

Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2020
(Date posted: 03/05/2021)

Supreme Court Releases Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2020

Amended Order Regarding the Operation of the Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency
(Date posted: 03/04/2021)

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

In-Person Proceedings and Jury Trials in Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Courts
(Date posted: 02/26/2021)

In-Person Proceedings and Jury Trials in Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Courts

In-Person Proceedings and Jury Trials in the Summary Courts
(Date posted: 02/26/2021)

In-Person Proceedings and Jury Trials in the Summary Courts

Administrative Suspensions for Failure to Pay License Fees Required by Rule 410 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR)
(Date posted: 02/26/2021)

The South Carolina Bar has furnished the attached list of lawyers who have failed to pay their license fees for 2021. Pursuant to Rule 419(d)(1), SCACR, these lawyers are hereby suspended from the practice of law. They shall surrender their certificate of admission to practice law to the Clerk of this Court by March 26, 2021.

South Carolina Advance Sheet
(Date posted: 02/24/2021)

No South Carolina Advance Sheet will be Posted this Week.

Supreme Court issues order regarding COVID-19 mitigation measures for the February 2021 Bar Examination
(Date posted: 02/04/2021)

Supreme Court issues order regarding COVID-19 mitigation measures for the February 2021 Bar Examination

Judicial Elections
(Date posted: 02/03/2021)

Judicial elections were held February 3, 2021

Rule Changes Submitted to the General Assembly
(Date posted: 01/29/2021)

Rule Changes Submitted to the General Assembly

Suspension of Family Court Benchmark Administrative Order
(Date posted: 01/15/2021)

Suspension of Family Court Benchmark Administrative Order

February 2021 Bar Examination and the Coronavirus Pandemic
(Date posted: 01/14/2021)

February 2021 Bar Examination and the Coronavirus Pandemic

In-Person Proceedings in Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Courts (As Amended on January 8, 2021)
(Date posted: 01/11/2021)

In-Person Proceedings in Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Courts (As Amended on January 8, 2021)

In-Person Proceedings in the Summary Courts (As Amended on January 8, 2021)
(Date posted: 01/11/2021)

In-Person Proceedings in the Summary Courts (As Amended on January 8, 2021)

South Carolina Advance Sheet
(Date posted: 01/06/2021)

No South Carolina Advance Sheet will be Posted this Week.

In-Person Proceedings in Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Courts
(Date posted: 01/06/2021)

In-Person Proceedings in Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Courts

In-Person Proceedings in the Summary Courts
(Date posted: 01/06/2021)

In-Person Proceedings in the Summary Courts

Interest Rate on Money Decrees and Judgments
(Date posted: 01/05/2021)

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