E-filing to begin in courts in Marlboro County
FLORENCE, S.C. – Marlboro County will become the latest county in South Carolina to join the e-filing pilot program on Jan. 15.
According to an order of the Supreme Court of South Carolina effective Jan. 15, all filings in common pleas cases commenced or pending in Marlboro County must be e-filed if the filing party is represented by an attorney and the type of case is not excluded from the pilot program.
The common pleas courts of South Carolina are the primary beginning point for civil, meaning noncriminal, lawsuits filed in South Carolina.
With the addition of Marlboro, 42 of the 46 counties in South Carolina will have been added to the e-filing pilot program that started on Dec. 1, 2015 by another order of the Supreme Court of South Carolina. In the Pee Dee, Williamsburg County (Feb. 2, 2016), Florence County (Oct. 2), and Marion County (Oct. 30) have been added to the e-filing pilot program.
Darlington County and Dillon County are two of the four counties yet to be added to the program. The others remaining to be added are Abbeville County and Charleston County.
E-filing refers to the electronic filing of documents in lieu of paper filing. The website of the South Carolina Judicial Department’s website says that e-filing will require less time and resources to file documents and will provide quicker access to documents. The website also says e-filing will improve efficiency by making it possible to file court documents 24-7-365.