Eligibility (Local Rule 83.I.02)
Procedure for Admission (Local Rule 83.I.03)
All questions regarding attorney admissions should be directed to Judy Maples at (803) 765-5789.
Representation by Local Counsel who Must Sign All Pleadings (Local Rule 83.I.04)
Litigants in civil and criminal actions, except for parties appearing pro se, must be represented by at least one member of the Bar of this court who Must Sign each Pleading, motion, discovery procedure, or other document served or filed in this court.
Appearances by Attorneys not Admitted in the District (Local Rule 83.I.05)
Upon motion of an attorney admitted to practice before this Court, any person who is a member in good standing of the Bar of a United States District Court and the Bar of the highest court of any State or the District of Columbia shall be permitted to appear in a particular matter in association with a member of the Bar of this Court. A motion seeking admission under this Rule
Admission of Counsel to Practice - MDL
Panel Rule 6 states that any attorney of record in any action transferred by the MDL Panel may continue to represent his or her client in any district of the United States
to which such action is transferred. Parties to any action transferred under 28 U.S.C. fol. § 1407 are not required to obtain local counsel in the SC district. 28 U.S.C. fol. § 1407.
Pleadings, Service and Attendance by Local Counsel in Cases Where Out-of-State Attorneys Appear (Local Rule 83.I.06)
Pleadings and other documents filed in a case where an attorney appears who is not admitted to the Bar of this court shall contain the individual name, firm name, address and phone number of both the attorney making a special appearance and the associated local counsel. In such a case, the service of all pleadings and notices as required shall be sufficient if served only upon the associated local counsel. Unless excused by the court, the associated local counsel shall be present at all pretrial conferences, hearings and trials, and may attend discovery proceedings. Local counsel is expected to be prepared to act and to participate if necessary.
Withdrawal of Appearance (Local Rule 83.I.07)
No attorney whose appearance has been entered shall withdraw his or her appearance or have it stricken from the record except with leave of court.
Professional Standards of Attorney
The ethical standard governing the practice in this court is the South Carolina Code of Professional Responsibility now enforced or as hereafter modified by the Supreme Court of South Carolina except as may be otherwise provided by a specific rule of this court.
Change of Address
When firms change addresses or attorneys change firms, the Clerk's Office must be notified in writing of the change using the Attorney Address Update Form. (MS Word) (WordPerfect) , so that the address records remain accurate. The notification should include any case numbers and case styles in which the attorney is involved.
Fax completed form to 803-765-5108.
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