So, I'm a lawyer with a Statewide practice. My hometown, Columbia SC, is in the geographic center of the State. Most days the Statewide practice isn't that big a deal. However, today, I have to be in Georgetown by 9:30 AM. That means I have to be on the road by 6:30 AM. That just sucks, whine, whine, whine. I really wish they'd start their hearings just a bit later in the day.
Now, Tuesday next week is a nightmare. There are 46 Counties in SC each with its own "Court of Common Pleas (Civil Court)". Each court needs to sound it's non-jury docket periodically. Court Administration tells these Counties when they should be sounding their Non-Jury Dockets. Can someone please explain why Court Administration feels the need to tell 11 of the 46 Counties to sound their dockets at exactly the same day and time? I'm far from the only attorney with a Statewide practice. Therefore I can't be the only person showing up on 11 rosters at the same time? When this happens I have no choice but to request continuances from the Courts. Most of which are granted given the scheduling difficulties. Can no one in the illustrious department of Court Administration look at a calendar and figure out that if they spread these roster calls over the course of two months they are much more likely to move cases?