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South Carolina
Judicial Branch
2020-05-06-01 (Amended by Order 2020-05-12-01) (Amended by Order 2020-07-23-01)

The Supreme Court of South Carolina


RE:  Certification of Compliance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in Evictions and Foreclosures Forms

 

 


ORDER




The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was adopted into law March 27, 2020. The Act includes provisions for a nationwide moratorium on some, but not all, eviction and foreclosure actions.

I FIND it is appropriate to ensure that evictions and foreclosures filed in the trial courts of this State comply with the protections provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act for certain tenants and homeowners.

Therefore, pursuant to the provisions of Article V, Section 4 of the South Carolina Constitution,

IT IS ORDERED that any party pursuing an eviction or foreclosure in a trial court of this State must submit to the court a signed, original Certification of Compliance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. For evictions and foreclosures filed on or after the date of this Order, the Certification of Compliance must be submitted along with the initial filing. For evictions and foreclosures filed before the date of this Order, the Certification of Compliance must be filed with the court prior to proceeding with the eviction or foreclosure. If a party required to file a Certification of Compliance neglects to do so the eviction or foreclosure shall terminate without further action taken.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that magistrate courts statewide shall not issue a writ or warrant of ejectment in an eviction action until the party pursuing the eviction has complied with the provisions of this Order.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Master-in-Equity courts statewide shall not hold a foreclosure sale, or issue a judgment of foreclosure, writ of assistance, or writ of ejectment in a foreclosure action until the party pursuing the foreclosure has complied with the provisions of this Order.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Certification of Compliance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in Evictions (SCCA256B) form, and the Certification of Compliance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in Foreclosures (SCCA256A) form are approved for use in the trial courts of this State effective as of the date of this Order.

This Order is effective immediately.


s/Donald W. Beatty                                   
Donald W. Beatty
Chief Justice of South Carolina

 


Columbia, South Carolina
May 6, 2020