South Carolina General Assembly
125th Session, 2023-2024
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Sponsors: Rep. Cobb-Hunter
Document Path: LC-0006AHB23.docx
Introduced in the House on January 10, 2023
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
|Date||Body||Action Description with journal page number|
|12/8/2022||House||Referred to Committee on Judiciary|
|1/10/2023||House||Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 39)|
|1/10/2023||House||Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 39)|
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
to amend the South Carolina Code of Laws by amending Section 17-23-60, relating to THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL BY DEFENDANTS, so as to PROVIDE THAT ALL DEFENDANTS IN THE SUMMARY COURTS OF THIS STATE FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF IMPRISONMENT MUST BE INFORMED OF THEIR RIGHT TO COUNSEL, AND TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR ENSURING DEFENDANTS ARE INFORMED OF THEIR RIGHT TO COUNSEL.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 17-23-60 of the S.C. Code is amended to read:
Section 17-23-60. (A) Every person accused shall defendant, at his trial, must be allowed to be heard by counsel, may defend himself, and shall have has a right to produce witnesses and proofs in his favor and to meet the witnesses produced against him face to face.
(B) Every defendant in the summary courts of this State facing criminal charges that carry the possibility of imprisonment must be informed of their right to counsel and, if indigent, their right to court appointed counsel prior to proceeding with trial. Absent a waiver of counsel, or the appointment of counsel for an indigent defendant, summary court judges shall not impose a sentence of jail time or imprisonment, and are limited to imposing a penalty of a fine only for those defendants, if convicted. When imposing a fine, consideration should be given to a defendant's ability to pay. If a fine is imposed, an unrepresented defendant should be advised of the amount of the fine and when the fine must be paid. The provisions of this subsection also apply to those defendants who fail to appear at trial and are tried in their absence.
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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