In person court to resume this month
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Six months after shutting down the state’s court system in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, South Carolina’s top jurist now says courts may resume in-person operations with considerations for trying to contain COVID-19. Supreme Court Chief Justice Don Beatty wrote in an order Monday that courts may return to normal scheduling, docket management and in-person hearings as of Sept. 21. But the top judge noted that it is still up to judges to determine whether to conduct remote hearings. Consent is not required by involved parties or their attorneys. Beatty shut down court operations in mid-March.