Starting Monday, September 21, 2020, South Carolina court operations will resume normal scheduling and docket management, including in-person hearings in Circuit Court and Family Court, as well as General Sessions and Common Pleas jury trials, according to this Sept. 14 memo from South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty.
All matters may be heard in-person, effective September 21, 2020, but judges have discretion to determine whether it is appropriate to conduct hearings using remote technology. See full operations guidance in the memo.
In addition, this Sept. 15 order from Chief Justice Beatty addresses docketing for General Sessions. “…We must be mindful of the potential impact on court dockets and make every effort to keep cases on track and prevent a backlog of pending matters. I would also take this opportunity to remind the Bench and Bar that hearings can be held using WebEx where possible and appropriate,” the order states.
– Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –