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Sponsors: Reps. Vaughn, Cobb-Hunter, Hosey, Govan, Altman, Clyburn, Huggins, Jefferson, Leach, Loftis, E.H. Pitts, M.A. Pitts, J.R. Smith, Taylor and Young
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 1121
Introduced in the House on February 8, 2006
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Judicial circuits
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/8/2006 House Introduced HJ-7 2/8/2006 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-7
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TO ESTABLISH A STUDY COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE THE ISSUE OF REAPPORTIONMENT OF THE SIXTEEN JUDICIAL CIRCUITS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE MAKEUP OF THE STUDY COMMITTEE, AND TO DIRECT THE STUDY COMMITTEE TO RECOMMEND APPROPRIATE CHANGES TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BY FEBRUARY 15, 2007.
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina General Assembly recognize the drastic backlog of cases in the circuit courts of the State and the pressing need to address the issue; and
Whereas, with State funding limited, financial roadblocks interfere with the General Assembly's ability to provide for additional judges, solicitors, and other crucial court personnel needed to completely alleviate the case backlog; and
Whereas, the present judicial circuit system has not been altered in many years despite fundamental changes in population and unprecedented growth in many counties which make up the individual judicial circuits; and
Whereas, as it is often stated that justice delayed is justice denied, it is appropriate for the members of the General Assembly to study whether reapportioning the sixteen judicial circuits could have a significant positive impact on the court system in the State; and
Whereas, the study committee must be comprised of five members of the Senate, appointed by the President Pro Tempore, and five members of the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the House, and the study committee shall report its findings and make its recommendations to the General Assembly by February 15, 2007. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, establish a study committee to examine the issue of reapportionment of the sixteen judicial circuits, provide for the makeup of the study committee, and direct the study committee to recommend appropriate changes to the General Assembly by February 15, 2007.
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