Prosecutors/Defenders Near Compromise

On new court rules

Patrick Gentry
April 08, 2019 - 11:26 am

Public defenders and prosecutors say they are close to a compromise on uniform rules for how court dockets are handled in South Carolina.

Under the current proposal, solicitors would still get to decide what cases are called and their order. But they would have to publish the list no later than 35 days before a court term starts.

The compromise also limits to three the number of times prosecutors can require defendants to come to the courthouse for status checks on their cases. Defense attorneys say defendants can lose jobs when they have to take too much time off to appear in court.

The bill is being worked on in House and Senate subcommittees seven years after the state Supreme Court took control of the docket from prosecutors.

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