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Thu, 7/11/2013 - 5:00 am

The phone lines in Spartanburg are now functional.

Tue, 7/09/2013 - 5:00 am

Phone service to Spartanburg is down due to thunderstorms. Communication with chambers or clerk's staff in Spartanburg should be made by e-mail until further notice or communication may be made with staff in Columbia.

Fri, 6/21/2013 - 5:00 am

Judge Waites invites paralegals and other support staff of the Charleston and Columbia  Bar to a follow-up meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.  to further discuss best practices and topics of interest to practitioners. The Judge, his law clerks and members of Judge Waites' case administration and courtroom staff will be available for questions and will discuss issues associated with case administration. The meeting will be held in Charleston at 145 King Street, Rm 225 and in Columbia at the J. Bratton Davis United States Bankruptcy Courthouse in the second floor courtroom and joined by video conference.    If interested in attending, please RSVP by sending an email to or on or before 5:00 p.m. on July 5, 2013. In order to better serve your needs, we ask that each attendee submit in advance a few questions and any suggestions for topics to the above email addresses by the same deadline.
(Due to recent changes in case assignment, Judge Waites will not regularly receive newly filed Spartanburg/Greenville cases, but welcomes paralegals and support staff from that division to participate in this meeting if they would like.)

Fri, 5/31/2013 - 5:00 am

In order to fully consider comments by the Bar to proposed local rule changes and to fully and consistently integrate Operating Orders and Chambers Guidelines, amendments to the local rules will not be made on June 1, 2013 but will be made in the near future. Operating Order 09-01, regarding attorney's fees in chapter 13 cases, is amended by Operating Order 13-02 to increase the base expedited fee amount by $500.00 and the expedited supplemental fee amount by $200.00 for chapter 13 cases filed on or after June 1, 2013.

Wed, 5/29/2013 - 5:00 am

Until further notice, documents faxed to Judge Duncan's Chambers should be faxed to 803-765-5482.

Thu, 5/09/2013 - 5:00 am

The Judges of the Court thank the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association for its invitation to and hospitality during the 23rd Annual Seminar. The seminar is open to member and non-member alike and the Association has done much to promote collegiality and improve practice in our area of the law.

A highlight of the annual meeting, along with superb educational activities and the opportunity to socialize with a great practice group, is the presentation of awards. We briefly acknowledge the contributions of the award recipients and congratulate them on the recognition by their peers.

The William E.S. Robinson Public Service Award was given to G. William McCarthy, Jr. Those nominating Bill reflected on his firm’s dedication to pro bono representation and the fact that Bill and Billy were partners in the practice of law. The nomination also recited many other contributions by Bill and his firm to our practice area.

The J. Bratton Davis Award was presented to R. Geoffrey Levy. This award, in honor of the first bankruptcy judge in our district, is given in recognition of professionalism in the practice of bankruptcy law. The nomination of Geoff noted his involvement in most of the major cases in this district over the past three plus decades and highlighted Geoff’s civility in dealing with even the most contentious of cases.

Finally, Judges Burris and Duncan are pleased to report the special recognition given our fine colleague for his accomplishments during his term as Chief Judge. South Carolina Legal Services recognized Judge John E. Waites for his many contributions in the area of indigent services and the promotion of pro bono efforts by the bankruptcy bar. Our bench is grateful to John for his leadership and his commitment to equal access to justice.

Mon, 5/06/2013 - 5:00 am

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina is seeking highly qualified applicants for appointment to the position of Clerk of Court. See vacancy announcement for more information.

Mon, 5/06/2013 - 5:00 am

Beginning May 14, 2013 at 12:00 p.m., nominations will be accepted by the NCBJ for up-and-coming bankruptcy attorneys to participate in the Next Generation Program at the 2013 NCBJ Annual Meeting in Atlanta, October 30 - November 2, 2013.  The program will offer events solely for program participants, including a private gathering with bankruptcy judges, a networking reception of peers and a reunion with the prior Next Generation classes. Law firms, government agencies and bankruptcy judges are invited to nominate as program participants attorneys under their supervision who deserve special recognition for their professional accomplishments to date, and who show the potential to distinguish themselves in future years as highly respected members of the bankruptcy bar.  For more information, including eligibility requirements and instructions on how to submit a nomination, please click here.

Thu, 3/21/2013 - 5:00 am

Judge Waites invites paralegals and other support staff of the Columbia Bar to meet with his case administration and courtroom team on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss best practices and topics of interest to practitioners. The Judge's law clerks and the Acting Clerk will also attend. The paralegal meeting will be held at the J. Bratton Davis United States Bankruptcy Courthouse in the main courtroom. If interested in attending, please RSVP by sending an email to on or before 5:00 p.m. on April 5, 2013. Please submit any suggestions for topics to Agnes Babb at the above address by the same deadline.

The Court's staff looks forward to meeting many of you in person and having an opportunity to receive input from you and offer guidance for your practice.

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.