Category Archives: Judiciary

No End in Sight for Court Fees

If users of the state’s court system are hoping to see lower court fees any time soon, they likely won’t find an ally in S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal. During a hearing last week before a Senate Judiciary … Continue reading

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Court System Raking in Fees, Accumulating Millions in Reserves

File a lawsuit in circuit court in South Carolina and it will cost you $150. Add another $25 for each motion filed in your suit. If you’re filing a civil complaint in magistrate’s court, you’ll pay $25. Throw in another … Continue reading

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State’s Top Court Asked to Remove Legislators from Aviation Authority

The S.C. Supreme Court has been asked to determine whether a 2007 law that appointed two state legislators to the Charleston County Aviation Authority, which owns Charleston International Airport, violates the state constitution. The five-member high court, if it accepts … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Hear S.C. Indigent Parent Case

The nation’s top court will hear the appeal of an indigent Upstate father who contends his rights were violated because he wasn’t provided an attorney before being jailed for failing to pay child support. The U.S. Supreme Court this month … Continue reading

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Millions at Stake in Retirees’ Suit

South Carolina’s top court on Wednesday will hear a case involving thousands of government “working retirees” who collectively claim that the state retirement system wrongfully withheld millions of dollars in retirement contributions from their paychecks. Columbia attorney Cam Lewis, one … Continue reading

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Ex-Guv Candidate Sues S.C. Supreme Court

So why is a former Michigan gubernatorial candidate suing South Carolina’s top judge and court? There are 30 million reasons, if you read Geoffrey Fieger’s lawsuit. Fieger, an unsuccessful candidate in Michigan’s 1998 governor’s race but probably best known as … Continue reading

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Indigent Father Appeals to U.S. Supreme Court

An indigent Upstate father jailed for a year for failure to pay child support has appealed his case to the nation’s highest court, contending he had a right to an attorney to contest his contempt charge. In an ironic twist, … Continue reading

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Next Year’s Budget: Still Growing and Growing

Although most of state government likely will experience another round of general fund cuts next fiscal year, more than two dozen agencies would see their total funding increased under proposed Senate and House budgets. Bucking the trend of general fund … Continue reading

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Fee Hikes: Saving Courts or Fleecing Taxpayers?

Proposed court fee hikes would raise an estimated $24 million in new money for the state’s court system next fiscal year, potentially giving the S.C. Judicial Department its biggest total budget in recent years, according to records reviewed by The … Continue reading

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S.C. High Court Upholds Jail for Indigent Parents

In South Carolina, family court judges can throw indigent parents behind bars for non-payment of child support even if they cannot afford attorneys. The Palmetto State is one of only five states that don’t guarantee indigent parents the right to … Continue reading

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