What You Need to Know About E-Filing in South Carolina

South Carolina is one of many states that has implemented e-filing for civil cases filed in the Court of Common Pleas.  E-filing has not yet been implemented statewide.  E-filing started in two pilot counties – Clarendon County and Greenville County.  The following South Carolina counties currently use e-filing:

  • Allendale County (effective January 17, 2017)
  • Anderson County (effective October 18, 2016)
  • Beaufort County (effective December 6, 2016)
  • Cherokee County (effective September 13, 2016)
  • Clarendon County (effective December 9, 2015)
  • Colleton County (effective February 7, 2017)
  • Greenville (effective March 22, 2016)
  • Hampton County (effective January 17, 2017)
  • Jasper County (effective December 6, 2016)
  • Lee County (effective January 19, 2016)
  • Oconee County (effective November 1, 2016)
  • Pickens County (effective May 3, 2016)
  • Spartanburg County (effective August 23, 2016)
  • Sumter County (effective January 19, 2016)
  • Williamsburg County (effective February 8, 2016)
  • Georgetown County (will be effective March 28, 2017)
  • Horry County (will be effective March 14, 2017)

E-filing is mandatory in these counties.  However, attorneys admitted pro hac vice may not efile documents; only counsel admitted to and in good standing with the South Carolina bar may e-file documents.  Images of documents will be displayed on the Public Index.

There are filing fees depending upon the nature of the filing.  For example, the filing costs for an e-filed motion in the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas is $31.74.   The fees of the Circuit Court are found at:  http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/clerksCourt/ccFileFee.cfm.  In addition to standard filing fees,  Technology Fees are also charged which can be viewed at http://www.sccourts.org/efiling/technologyFees.cfm.  The fee is charged when the Clerk of Court accepts the filing.   

When a document is filed electronically, a date and time is recorded.  However, it is not deemed filed until the Clerk of Court has accepted the filing.  If the Clerk of Court accepts the filing, the submission time becomes the date and time of the filing.  If the Clerk of Court rejects the filing, then the file date and time would be void until a new submission is recorded and accepted by the Clerk of Court.

In South Carolina, the e-filing system generates emails regarding the status of an e-filed document.  When the Clerk of Court receives, accepts, or rejects a filing, a notification is sent to the filer and other counsel who have appeared in the case.

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