With the concurrence of the United States District Court, the Bankruptcy Court may periodically schedule hearings in the Beaufort Federal Courthouse, Beaufort, S.C. The Judges shall consider Charleston Division cases for scheduling in Beaufort at their discretion or upon the suggestion of parties in interest. Judges Waites and Duncan, who are the Judges presently assigned to that division, will initially consider hearings in cases or adversary proceedings which are expected to take more than 2 hours in presentation or which are of particular interest or convenience to parties in the Beaufort area. Any suggestion of such matters by counsel should be made well in advance of the necessary hearing date and should be directed to the respective chambers staff of the assigned judge or to courtroom services. Examples of matters that may be considered are Chapter 11 matters, trials in adversary proceedings, motions for summary judgment and matters involving predominantly local witnesses. The Judges may require the consent of counsel, if known, before considering Beaufort as the location of any hearing. Consumer case matters will not be considered without the consent of the trustee.
Matters should not be self scheduled for that location at this time. Any questions should be directed to chambers or Jeff Davis, Chief Deputy Clerk of Court.