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Re: Digital Courtroom Recorder Project Pilot Program


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

IT IS ORDERED that a Pilot Program is established for the digital recording of certain court proceedings beginning on January 9, 2018.  The Pilot Program, which began in Anderson County family court on January 9, 2018, and in Richland County circuit court on January 17, 2018, shall be expanded to Sumter County circuit court beginning on January 18, 2018.  The transcribed paper copy remains the official record pursuant to Rule 607, SCACR.  Attorneys should refer to the attached memorandum describing the process for ordering transcripts of proceedings recorded during this Pilot Program.

The Pilot Program will be expanded to other counties pursuant to future Orders of the Chief Justice.


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

Columbia, South Carolina
January 17, 2018



Circuit Court Judges
Family Court Judges
Clerks of Court
Members of the Bar


Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty

RE:   Digital Courtroom Recorder Project Pilot Program Transcript Procedures

DATE:    January 8, 2018

During the pendency of the Digital Courtroom Recorder Project Pilot Program, select courtrooms will begin digitally recording certain proceedings.  Courtrooms employing digital recording technology will be clearly marked.

Requests for transcripts of proceedings recorded by digital technology must be submitted in writing to Desiree Allen, Program Manager, S.C. Court Administration, 1220 Senate Street, Suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201.  Please provide the date of the proceeding, the name of the judge, the county where the proceeding was heard, the name of the case, and the case number.

Regardless whether a proceeding is recorded by court reporter or digital technology, the official record remains the transcribed paper copy of the proceeding.  To request a transcript of a proceedings recorded by a traditional court reporter, please refer to Rules 207 and 607, SCACR.