To: Members of the South Carolina Bar Practicing in Beaufort County
From: Beaufort County Clerk of Courts Office
Re: Common Pleas Rosters Jury and Non-Jury
Please be advised that due to the mandatory ADR Rules, Beaufort County will be making some changes in regards to Rosters. Unless your case is exempt from the ADR Rules it will not appear on a Trial Roster until mediation has been completed and a Mediation Results Form has been filed in the case or otherwise instructed by the Chief Administrative Judge. If you do not complete Mediation within 300 days a Motion Hearing for a Rule to Show Cause as to why Sanctions should not be imposed will automatically be scheduled.
** CONTINUANCES WILL NOT BE GRANTED ON ANY MOTION FOR A
RULE TO SHOW CAUSE FOR ADR SANCTIONS**
DO NOT CALL THE CLERK’S OFFICE WITH UPDATES. UPDATES SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING
VIA FAX OR E-MAIL. SEE BELOW FOR FAX NUMBER AND E-MAIL ADDRESS.
BEAUFORT COUNTY COURTHOUSE
102 RIBAUT ROAD, SUITE 208
BEAUFORT, S.C. 29902
ROSTER MEETINGS WILL START AT 9:30am
JURY SELECTION WILL START AT 10:00am
THE HONORABLE CARMEN T. MULLEN. CHIEF JUDGE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PURPOSES, 14th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, HAS ORDERED THE FOLLOWING:
Attorneys and Pro Se litigants are hereby on notice that upon failure to attend the roster meeting without prior court approval, the Presiding or Chief Judge will either dismiss the Complaint for failure to prosecute or strike the Answer and place the defendant in default.
Requests for Orders of Continuance should be submitted well in advance of a term of court to The Honorable Carmen Mullen, Chief Administrative Judge. When submitting your request, please list all pending cases with the accompanying cause of action number, copy all opposing counsel and the Clerk of Court in each county involved, and include a proposed Order for each pending case and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Judge Mullen will hold a status conference involving any case where the opposing attorney objects to your request.
Absent special circumstances, no motion for continuance will be considered unless the Motion and Order have been received by Judge Mullen’s office by 12:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the term of court. All motions for continuance received after this deadline must be addressed by the presiding Judge of the term of Court, so your appearance at Monday’s roster meeting will be required unless the presiding Judge communicates otherwise.
Requests for protection must be accompanied by a Proposed Order of Protection. The proposed order must contain the case caption and number for every case on the roster in the particular county in which you seek protection. You must contact opposing counsel and find out if anyone opposes your request for protection. After obtaining consent from opposing counsel, you must submit a consent order bearing the signature of all opposing counsel, or you must state by your signature that you have obtained consent of all opposing counsel. Judge Mullen will hold a status conference in the event that opposing counsel objects to your request for protection which will be scheduled by the Judge's Law Clerk.
Defaults can be handled by any presiding judge. In order to adequately determine the status of any file for purposes of default, the file must be made available to the judge, along with the request for default.
Days Certain / Complex Case Status / Scheduling Orders:
All requests for days certain, complex case status, as well as Scheduling Orders should be directed to the Chief Administrative Judge for Common Pleas for the county in which the case is pending.
If your case has settled, please notify Jamie Thompson in writing, by fax at 843-255-9412 or via Email at firstname.lastname@example.org so that your case may be removed from the active docket.