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Sep 8, 2015

Too late

Remember when the South Carolina Supreme Court declared that the state’s solicitor-controlled criminal docket was unconstitutional. That happened in November 2012, when the court issued the Langford decision. Two years, nine months and a few weeks later, solicitors are still very much in control of the docket – a power that defense lawyers say has […]

Feb 22, 2013

Two different paths to docket control

Based on what’s been happening lately in the General Assembly, solicitors seem to have the upper hand in the struggle for control of the criminal trial docket. But public defenders are betting that the legislative effort will be fruitless.

Dec 28, 2012

Solicitors to appeal SC justices’ docket ruling

HILTON HEAD ISLAND (AP) - South Carolina’s top prosecutors have asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling that took control of trial dockets from them.

Oct 12, 2012

CONTROL SWITCH: Three cases before the Supreme Court will decide who schedules trials

The fight to pry control of the criminal docket from the hands of South Carolina’s solicitors has dragged on for years without a single appellate decision addressing the old law behind the controversy. But now, the state Supreme Court is considering three cases challenging the constitutionality of the statute that gives solicitors the power to schedule criminal cases for trial – a power whi[...]

Feb 11, 2011

Task force seeks out ways to grease dockets

Roster breakdowns, interruptions in trials and lack of uniformity in scheduling are among the problems a new Supreme Court task force will target as it looks for ways to improve docket management in the state's trial courts. Led by Justice Kaye G. Hearn, the task force, consisting of judges, clerks, court administrators and practitioners, will hold its first meeting Thursday, with Chief Justice Je[...]

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