The Judges of this Court have received and accepted the resignation of the Clerk of Court as of April 2, 2006. Ms. Blume has accepted a pro se law clerk position with the District Court. We wish her well in her future endeavors.
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Beginning next week, Judge Burris will preside at various hearings scheduled on Judge Waites' docket. An effort will be made to notify counsel in the affected hearings early next week. Furthermore, in the next several weeks a volume of cases will be reassigned to Judge Burris - notification to be indicated by a NEF.
Until advised otherwise, Judge Burris has requested that original pleadings, or copies of pleadings/memos, etc. not be sent to her at the Spartanburg courthouse address. The filing of pleadings should follow the same customary procedures. Further, any inquiries/communications involving cases or hearings should be directed to the clerk's office in Columbia.
Judge Burris has asked me to cordially invite all members of the South Carolina Bankruptcy Bar to attend her investiture ceremony which will be on Friday, March 17, 2006, at 4:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Donald Stuart Russell Federal Courthouse, 201 Magnolia Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina. A reception will be hosted by The South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association thereafter until 8:00 p.m. at the Marriott Spartanburg at Renaissance Park. The Marriott is located at 299 North Church Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
I am pleased to announced that Beth Burris has been sworn in as our newest United States Bankruptcy Judge today, Friday, March 3, 2006. Judge Burris will be attending Judges training next week and will sometime thereafter be receiving cases and scheduling Court.
On March 1, 2006, amended Guidelines for the Filing of Documents, Operating Order 06-02, have been executed. As previously indicated by Judge’s Corner notification on February 7, 2006, and by other notice, the new Guidelines direct that all documents shall be filed electronically with limited exceptions therein (parties without legal representation may effect filings in paper form). Amendments include sections regarding emergency filing procedures, disabling of login upon suspension, disbarment, or Order of the Court, updated registration and training information, and additional technical and procedural changes.