The Supreme Court of South Carolina
Pursuant to provisions of Article V, Section 4 of the South Carolina Constitution,
IT IS ORDERED that until subsequent order by the Chief Justice, Family Courts statewide shall only hear emergency matters including, but not limited to hearings for the following matters: DSS Emergency Protective Custody, Juvenile Detention – including hearings for juveniles who are being held at evaluation centers, Bench Warrants, and Petitions for Orders of Protection from Domestic Abuse.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that only attorneys, their clients, and necessary witnesses will be allowed to appear for these emergency hearings.
This Order supersedes my prior Order dated March 16, 2020.
s/Donald W. Beatty
Donald W. Beatty
Chief Justice of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
March 18, 2020