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Chief Judges for Admin. Purposes of the Summary Courts

Supreme Court of South Carolina

September 19, 2007

Chief Judges for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts


Costa M. Pleicones Chief Justice.

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 Section 4, Article V, South Carolina Constitution,

IT IS ORDERED that the judges of the magisterial courts listed below be designated as Chief Judge or Associate Chief Judge for Administrative Purposes of the Summary Courts in the counties in which they hold office.

Judge S.G. Gladden Abbeville County, Judge C.S. Insley Aiken County, Judge D.H. Williamson Associate Chief Judge, Aiken County Judge, W.D. Branch, Jr. Allendale County, Judge, N.W. Devine Anderson County Judge, R.C. Threatt Bamberg County Judge, J.W. Gantt Barnwell County Judge, L.J. Holland, Jr. Associate Chief Judge Barnwell County Judge L.P., McElynn Beaufort County Judge, R.H. Sproatt Associate Chief Judge, Beaufort County Judge, A.E. Bryant Berkeley County Judge, R.H. Lake Calhoun County Judge, E.S. Steinberg Charleston County Judge, L. Linen Associate Chief Judge, Charleston County Judge, R.B. Howell Cherokee County Judge, Y. Zamore Chester County [415 S.C. 47] Judge, G.R. Faulkenberry Chesterfield County Judge, D.W. Dyches Associate Chief Judge, Chesterfield County Judge, J.L. Coney Clarendon County Judge, K.A. Campbell, Jr. Colleton County Judge, J.R. Edwards Darlington County Judge, D.B. Curtis Associate Chief Judge, Darlington County Judge, M.D. Hayes Dillon County Judge, C.D. Spivey Associate Chief Judge, Dillon County Judge, K.L. Patton Dorchester County Judge, P.B. Shelbourne Associate Chief Judge, Dorchester County Judge, B.B. Carpenter Edgefield County Judge, W.F. Pope Fairfield County Judge, S. M. Grimsley Florence County Judge, I.L. Pyatt Georgetown County Judge, L. Foster Greenville County Judge, M.C. Edmonds Associate Chief Judge, Greenville County Judge, B.S. McGuire Greenwood County Judge, C.R. Johnson Associate Chief Judge, Greenwood County Judge, C.A. Williams Hampton County Judge, M.B. Livingston Horry County Judge, A.C. Butler Associate Chief Judge, Horry County Judge, S.J. McDonald Jasper County Judge, D.D. Lynah Associate Chief Judge, Jasper County Judge, R.M. Todd, Jr. Kershaw County Judge, W.D. Corbett Associate Chief Judge, Kershaw County Judge, J.M. Pope Lancaster County Judge, P.D. Lyles Laurens County Judge, G.R. Gibson Lee County Judge, S.C. Davidson Associate Chief Judge, Lee County Judge, G.W. Reinhart Lexington County [415 S.C. 48] Judge, R.L. Adams Associate Chief Judge, Lexington County Judge, D.O. Barker Marion County Judge, R.K. McDonald Marlboro County Judge, P.L. Smith McCormick County Judge, B.S. Koon Newberry County Judge, M.T. Simmons Oconee County Judge, B.A. Norton Associate Chief Judge, Oconee County Judge, D.F. Dash Orangeburg County Judge, P.D. Doremus Associate Chief Judge, Orangeburg County Judge, B.E. Anders Pickens County

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Judge, D.J. Simons Richland County Judge, K.D. Shealy Associate Chief Judge, Richland County Judge, J.B. Shults Saluda County Judge, D.J. Turner Spartanburg County Judge, J.T. Wall Associate Chief Judge, Spartanburg County Judge, K.F. Curtis Sumter County Judge, B.K. Griffin Associate Chief Judge, Sumter County Judge, J.D. Crocker Union County Judge, J.D. Bailey Associate Chief Judge, Union County Judge, D. F. Williams Williamsburg County Judge, R.B. Foxworth Associate Chief Judge, Williamsburg County Judge, L.H. Benfield York County Judge, R. Davenport, Jr. Associate Chief Judge York County

A Chief Judges' authority shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1. Coordinate with the Office of South Carolina Court Administration on all matters pertaining to summary court judges in the county.

2. Coordinate the activities of the summary court judges of the county with other affected persons and/or agencies to insure cooperation and effective judicial service.

[415 S.C. 49] 3. Establish with the other magistrates of the county, a schedule so arranged that a magistrate will be available, in person or on call, in the county to issue warrants and conduct bail proceedings. The bail proceedings schedule shall be in compliance with the provisions of the Order of the Chief Justice dated September 19, 2007, outlining certain bond procedures in those courts. The Chief Judge shall also inform the municipal courts of the details of the county magisterial court schedule, to insure the availability of a magistrate to issue warrants and conduct bail proceedings for the municipal courts when the municipal judge is unavailable. After hours and weekends does not constitute unavailability in and of itself. Establish a procedure with all municipal courts within the county whereby they provide the Chief Judge with a monthly bond schedule indicating their availability for bond court. Monitor all summary court judges within the county to insure compliance with the above referenced Order dated September 19, 2007. The monitoring shall include, but shall not be limited to, insuring that bond hearings are being conducted twice daily, insuring that defendants' and victims' constitutional and statutory rights are being upheld, insuring that cash bonds only and excessive bonds are not being required, and insuring that no irregular practices as outlined in the above referenced Order are occurring.

4. Establish within the county a procedure to ensure that Certificates of Transmittal are completed and the appropriate documents (warrants or other charging papers, checklists, bond forms, and checks for cash bonds received) are attached and transmitted within fifteen (15) days to the appropriate magistrate, municipal judge or Clerk of Court of General Sessions having jurisdiction over the case.

5. Call a meeting at least on a quarterly basis of all summary court judges in the county to formulate procedures which establish uniformity of procedures in the county summary court system. Require that all summary court judges who have court bank accounts bring to the quarterly meetings documentary proof of all monthly reconciliations of those bank accounts since the previous quarterly meeting. A minimum of one municipal judge from each municipality [415 S.C. 50]within the county shall be required to attend these meetings.

6. Coordinate the planning of budgets for the magistrates in the county, with those magistrates' input, and appear before the county governing body to present and justify the budget requests..

7. Attend schools and meetings for Chief Judges called to implement policies and procedures ...

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