Spring into Summer 2009. The SCATJ Commission’s Pro Bono Committee and its Rule 608 Work Group meet to study and review the Rule. The Rule 608 Work Group invites interested parties to meet to discuss issues related to Rule 608. The Rule 608 Work Group meets with the SCBar’s Board of Governors, the SCBar’s Rule 608 Task Force, and others.
December 17, 2009. The Supreme Court of South Carolina amends Rule 608, effective July 1, 2010, adopting a number of the recommended appointments. The Supreme Court notes that it will continue to analyze and scrutinize appointments to determine whether further changes are necessary. Specifically the Court will continue to gather data regarding the appointments.
Highlights of the Amendments:
Modifications to the Regional List from which attorneys may be selected to assist in handling appointments in other counties – 6 Regional Lists (Region 6 split 1/2 year);
Reduced number of appointments in an appointment year – from 10 to 7;
Increased the pool of eligible attorneys by raising the age exemption to 65 years of age;
Technology advances – attorneys may attend certain hearings by telephone or videoconference;
Increased reporting requirements to the SC Bar so that the Court may accurately analyze the appointments by county and type of appointment.
And while the Court graciously thanked all who served on the Rule 608 study group, I too would like to thank the Commissioners, the SC Bar, Court Administration, Court IT personnel, and others who spent numerous hours reviewing data and rerunning data for our study. Thank you!
South Carolina Clerks of Court are often the first stop for someone preparing to go to court. Often a litigant can pick up forms in the Clerk’s office and may even ask directions to the courtroom. And occasionally someone may ask whether or not they should file a lawsuit. Did you know that this question may be considered legal advice? And did you know that by South Carolina law, only attorneys are allowed to give legal advice?
If you didn’t know this, you’re not alone.
That’s why the Clerk of Court workgroup of the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission worked with Court Administration to develop a list that explains what clerks can and cannot do. This information was made into a sign and recently the South Carolina Supreme Court approved this signage.