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Fri, 2/22/2013 - 4:00 am

From Judge Waites:
In connection with the current renovation of the Courthouse, the Historic Columbia Foundation compiled a history of the building which I thought might be of interest to you. The judges and staff of this court are proud to be the present caretakers for such a grand building named in honor of a great man and jurist and hope it will be even better once the present work is completed.

Tue, 2/19/2013 - 4:00 am

The Judges and Clerk are presently undertaking a review of the rules and procedures of this Court. Included in that discussion is consideration of an increase in the Chapter 13 no look fee and procedures associated therewith.

Comments regarding the Chapter 13 fee and procedures may be directed to the Chapter 13 Committee (formerly known as the Interest Rate Committee) or the Local Rules Advisory Committee. Other suggestions regarding rules or general procedures can always be made to the Local Rules Advisory Committee.

The membership is listed below.

Advisory Committee on Rules and Practice:Lex A. Rogerson, Jr.
Daniel J. Reynolds, Jr.
Marilyn Elaine Ligon Gartley
William Harold Short
Janet Broome Haigler
Elisabetta G. Gasparini

Chapter 13 Committee:
Daniel A. Stone
Jane Harris Downey
Colleen O'Herlihy Brunson
Brandon Keith Poston
Lydia Ann Eloff

Mon, 2/04/2013 - 4:00 am

Dear members of the bankruptcy bar, trustees, and staff of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court:

At the end of this month, my seven-year term as Chief Judge of this Court will end, and beginning March 1, 2013, Judge Duncan will assume the responsibilities of Chief Judge.

During the last seven years, the Court has faced many changes, including significant amendments to the Bankruptcy Code which required revisions to our local procedures, the addition of two new judges, and the establishment of new divisional offices in Spartanburg and Charleston, among other things. It has also faced, and will continue to face, unprecedented budget limitations. I believe these challenges have been met while continuing to preserve the collegiality of practice and dedication to public service that was established by my predecessors.

As we begin the transition, I would like to thank the members of the bankruptcy bar and the trustees in this district for their support and advice over the years. I have always found that I could rely on the fairness and professionalism of the bar and trustees in advising me on the best practices and policies for our Court. I would also like to thank the staff of the Bankruptcy Court for their continued hard work and service. Our Court is often complimented on the excellent knowledge and helpfulness of the clerk's staff.

During my tenure, I was especially blessed to work with two excellent Clerks of Court, Tammi Hellwig and Jeff Davis. Their tireless efforts, knowledge, and dedication to this Court and public service could not be surpassed. Thanks must also be given to my law clerks, including my present clerks, Sarah Kistler and Patrick Mohan, who have helped me with many administrative duties while I maintained a full caseload.

I have appreciated the opportunity to lead this Court and look forward to the future.


John E. Waites

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