South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty has ordered that all evictions can resume on May 15, 2020, with certain provisions.
Evictions were temporarily suspended as county and state offices were closed to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Chief Justice Beatty’s order shows the court can accept applications for ejectment, schedule hearings, issue writs or warrants of ejectment or proceed in any other manner regarding evictions. Master-in-Equity courts can resume foreclosure hearings and foreclosure sales, in addition to issuing writs of assistance and writs of ejectment.
If a person or entity is pursuing eviction or foreclosure, it is necessary to certify in writing that the real estate at issue is not subject to the limitations and requirements of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. If the real estate or property is subject to those restrictions, eviction or foreclosure actions will be terminated, the order states.
Chief Justice Beatty also ordered that eviction and foreclosure hearings need to comply with his April 22, 2020, amended order regarding remote hearings and limiting the number of people in the courtroom.
Hearings will be staggered with 30 minute breaks in between to reduce the number of people in court and allow for any cleaning and sanitizing. Hearings with people present in court are the exception and not the rule.