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The South Carolina Supreme Court announced last week that in-person court proceedings statewide would be suspended until further notice due to the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state.

The suspension is effective Jan. 11. According to a press release from the City of Charleston, the order is subject to limited exceptions, including bond hearings and emergency matters such as restraining orders, orders of protection and vacating of bench warrants.

Hearings and non-jury trials will be conducted virtually whenever possible during the suspension. Those impacted by this change in Charleston can call city court operations at (843) 724-7460 for more information.

The order comes more than a month after the state Supreme Court ordered all circuit courts suspend jury trials across the Palmetto State effective Dec. 7, 2020.