Solicitor for Charleston, Berkeley counties advocates against docket management change

  • Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 9:46 a.m., Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 9:56 a.m.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson is asking the state’s Supreme Court chief justice to consider a management plan for scheduling cases, one which she believes will keep things running as smoothly as possible at Charleston and Berkeley counties’ courthouses.

Currently, the solicitor’s office handles the scheduling of trials and cases. But recently, the state Supreme Court considered the idea of handing over that responsibility to the county Clerk of Court’s Office.

Wilson said that could be a mistake. Despite the workload on her office, Wilson maintains that without giving the clerk’s office the proper funding, transferring the trial docket management system to that office could be detrimental.

“It is a colossal pain. I’d love to give that up. But I have an obligation to the community and to victims to try to make this as efficient as possible with the resources we have. That’s why I’m presenting this order,” she said.

Wilson sent an order outlining her plan, which is very similar to the way the docket is currently run, to S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal last month. Wilson received input from defense attorneys, including the circuit’s public defender, Ashley Pennington, who agrees that the system is working as best it can right now.

“All we’ve done is be as efficient as we can with the resources we have,” Pennington said.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.

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