The Supreme Court of South Carolina
Re: Amendment to Rule 607(i), South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
Appellate Case No. 2016-002250
Pursuant to Article V, § 4 of the South Carolina Constitution, Rule 607(i), South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, is amended as set forth in the attachment to this Order.
The amendment is effective immediately.
s/Donald W. Beatty C.J.
s/John W. Kittredge J.
s/Kaye G. Hearn J.
s/John Cannon Few J.
James, J., not participating.
Columbia, South Carolina
March 1, 2017
Rule 607(i) is amended to provide as follows:
(i) Retention of Tapes. Except as provided below, a court reporter shall retain the primary and backup tapes of a proceeding for a period of at least five (5) years after the date of the proceeding, and the court reporter may reuse or destroy the tapes after the expiration of that period. If the proceeding was a hearing or trial which lasted for more than one day, the time shall be computed from the last day of the hearing or trial. In any proceeding which has been transcribed on or after March 1, 2017, the court reporter shall retain the primary and backup tapes which have been transcribed for a period of at least one (1) year after the original transcript is sent to the requesting party, to allow any party to challenge the accuracy of the transcription. If no challenge is received by the court reporter within the one (1) year period, the tapes may be reused or destroyed.