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In re Access to Justice Comm'n

Supreme Court of South Carolina

October 20, 2014

RE: Access to Justice Commission

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER

Jean H. Toal, Chief Justice of South Carolina.

(a) Purpose.

The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission was established on January 31, 2007, by Order 2007-01-31-01, in recognition of the need to expand access to

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civil legal representation for people of low income and modest means in South Carolina.

(b) Membership.

The Access to Justice Commission shall consist of twenty-five appointed members. Members shall [410 S.C. 343] serve terms for up to three years for a maximum of two terms at the discretion of the Chief Justice. The Chief Justice shall designate a Chair from the membership. Members will be appointed as follows:

(1) Judiciary:

(a) The Chief Justice shall appoint five representatives of the Judiciary consisting of:

(i) A Justice from the Supreme Court designated by the Chief Justice;

(ii) A Judge from the Federal District or Federal Bankruptcy Court for a three-year term;

(iii) A Circuit Court Judge for a three-year term;

(iv) A Family Court Judge for a three-year term;

(v) A Judge representing either Probate or Master-in-Equity or Magistrates Court appointed by the Chief Justice to serve a three-year term;

(b) The Chief Justice shall appoint one state Clerk of Court representative to serve for one three-year term;

(c) The Director of South Carolina Court Administration and the counsel to the Chief Justice shall serve as ex-officio members.

(2) Practicing Lawyers:

(a) The South Carolina Bar president will appoint one officer member to serve for a term of one year;

(b) The South Carolina Bar Foundation president will appoint one officer member to serve for a term of one year.

(c) The Chief Justice will appoint one member from the South Carolina Association for Justice for a three-year term;

(d) The Chief Justice will appoint one member from the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association for a three-year term;

(e) The Chief Justice will appoint one member from firms of more than 15 members for a three-year term.

(f) The Chief Justice will appoint one member from firms of less than 15 members for a three-year term;

(g) Of the practicing lawyer appointments, at least one member shall be in practice for less than 10 years.

[410 S.C. 344] (3) Civil Legal Services:

The Chief Justice will appoint five members to represent the interests of legal aid programs as follows:

(a) One board member and one staff member from South Carolina Legal Services to serve a three-year term;

(b) One representative from Appleseed Legal Justice Center to serve a three-year term;

(c) One representative from the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Committee or Program to serve a three-year term; and

(d) One ...


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