Toal orders clearing of DUI backlog
Apr 3, 2011 11:28:00 PM - thestate.com
S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal has ordered the states magistrate and municipal courts to clear a statewide backlog of thousands of simple DUI and driving with unlawful alcohol concentration cases, giving officials four months to move their dockets.
The directive covers jurisdictions across the state including counties, cities and communities of all sizes.
The press to expedite the cases came after Department of Public Safety Director Mark Keel approached the chief justice about frustrations state trooper had with delays in closing prosecutions, diverting them from highway patrol time to attend to cases that werent being called.
Based on what Keel said, Toal issued a statewide directive that calls for non-jury cases older than 60 days and jury cases older than 120 days to be closed in the coming months.
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