Legislation

UDCMO – questions, concerns, complaints

UDCMO – questions, concerns, complaints

The Uniform Differentiated Case Management Order, following the S.C. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Langford, leaves a lot of questions...

Uniform Differentiated Case Management Order

Uniform Differentiated Case Management Order

Following the release of State v. Langford, the S.C. Supreme Court published a new administrative order, effective February 4, 2013,...

DUS – type of notice required

DUS – type of notice required

There are basically three elements to driving under suspension that must be proven – 1) the person was driving; 2)...

Driving under suspension 3rd offense no longer carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence

Driving under suspension 3rd offense no longer carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence

Unless the original suspension was for DUI.  This is old news, as the law changed over a year ago, but...

Bond reconsiderations

Bond reconsiderations

There were two major changes to South Carolina’s bond statutes this year, effective June 29, 2012, that have gone unnoticed by...

Judge shopping and docket control

Judge shopping and docket control

Matt Brown writes about how Arizona prosecutors abuse their ability to choose which judge they appear in front of –...

Bench warrants for failure to appear are routinely issued without due process

Bench warrants for failure to appear are routinely issued without due process

In Horry County and probably most counties in South Carolina, defendants are required to appear for “roll call” – in...

Commission on Indigent Defense runs out of money again

Commission on Indigent Defense runs out of money again

It sounds like a temporary issue through July, but the excess funds for the next month will have to come...

Harvery Peeler blocks new judges

Harvery Peeler blocks new judges

South Carolina has not added new judges since 1997, although the Chief Justice has asked for them every year.  According...

It’s a great day in South Carolina!

It’s a great day in South Carolina!

I laughed, and then scratched my head in confusion, last November when someone forwarded me this bill that was introduced...