South Carolina Courts Reopen with Pandemic Adjustments

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Six months after shutting down South Carolina’s court system in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the state's top jurist now says courts may resume in-person operations with considerations for trying to contain COVID-19.

In an order released Monday, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Don Beatty wrote that courts may return to normal scheduling, docket management and in-person hearings as of Sept. 21. But, the top judge noted that judges can still decide to use remote communication technology for hearings at their discretion. Consent for such hearings is not required by involved parties or their attorneys.


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