January 29, 2014
South Carolina’s business court pilot program has been successful in the three counties where it was introduced and should be expanded statewide, according to a Jan. 3 administrative order written by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal.
Since 2007, the program created an option to litigate complex business, corporate and commercial matters before assigned trial judges in Charleston, Richland and Greenville county circuit courts.
The recent administrative order divides the state into three regions, assigning one judge to preside over business court matters in each area.
Parties can transfer cases to the business courts if they mainly involve the state’s corporation or securities laws, the commercial code for investment securities, or various trade and commerce issues such as trade secrets, trademarks or anti-competitive conduct, the order says.
The forum encourages parties to use technology in all proceedings and conferences.
In re Business Court Pilot Program Expansion Statewide, 2014 WL 46832 (S.C. Jan. 3, 2014).
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Administrative order: 2014 WL 46832