The Supreme Court of South Carolina
DONALD W. BEATTY
POST OFFICE BOX 3543
||Chief Justice Beatty
December 9, 2018
As we have begun to see winter weather activity in parts of South Carolina, I want to remind all employees working within the Unified Judicial System that safety should be your number one priority throughout this weather event.
Because weather conditions may vary throughout the state, all state judicial officers and employees should follow the decisions made by county government officials regarding office delays or closings. Please refer to the State Emergency Management Division website, www.scemd.org/closings, or individual county government websites, for the status of state government offices for each county. As needed, South Carolina Judicial Department employees and County Clerks of Court shall receive updates via the MissionMode notification service.
As a reminder, chief judges for administrative purposes at all levels may direct that certain matters or proceedings go forward despite closures or delays, and shall ensure that bond hearings continue to be conducted at least once a day, if conditions are safe to do so. Judges assigned to counties operating as normal should be flexible in granting continuances to attorneys and parties who experience personal issues caused by the weather conditions that prevent their appearance in court.