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In re Interest Rate on Money Decrees & Judgments

Supreme Court of South Carolina

January 2, 2015

Interest Rate on Money Decrees and Judgments

OPINION

Jean H. Toal, C. J.

S.C. Code Ann. § 34-31-20 (B) (Supp. 2014) provides that the legal rate of interest on money decrees and judgments " is equal to the prime rate as listed in the first edition of the Wall Street Journal published for each calendar year for which the damages are awarded, plus four percentage points, compounded annually. The South Carolina Supreme Court shall issue an order by January 15 of each year confirming the annual prime rate. This section applies to all judgments entered on or after July 1, 2005. For judgments entered between July 1, 2005, and January 14, 2006, the legal rate of interest shall be the first prime rate as published in the first edition of the Wall Street Journal after January 1, 2005, plus four percentage points."

The Wall Street Journal for January 2, 2015, the first edition after January 1, 2015, listed the prime rate as 3.25%. Therefore, for the period January 15, 2015, through January 14, 2016, the legal rate of interest for judgments and money decrees is 7.25% compounded annually.


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