While prosecutors continue to control the criminal docket in most parts of the state, Charleston County has been testing a new system that gives the chief administrative judge more power over calendaring cases for trial. The experiment has been going on for about a year and interviews with local attorneys and the project’s primary […]
Members of the committee that was formed for the purpose of solving South Carolina’s docket control problem are frustrated with a lack of direction and action from a state Supreme Court that seems to have gone silent. The committee’s last meeting occurred more than a year ago. It’s been so long since the group met […]
What began as a high school project has morphed into a quest for justice for a pair of tenacious honor students who want to change the way criminal trials are calendared in North Carolina.
More than two years have passed since the South Carolina Supreme Court declared that a unique state law that gives prosecutors exclusive control over scheduling criminal cases for trial was unconstitutional and easily abused.
News that S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean H. Toal had been meeting with solicitors to discuss a new system for managing the state’s criminal trial docket – and that they were close to going public with a plan – hit some prominent members of the defense bar like a punch in the gut.
During her state of the judiciary address earlier this year, South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean H. Toal announced she was forming a committee to address the sticky problem of managing the state's criminal docket – the source of a longstanding power struggle between prosecutors and the defense bar.
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