South Carolina legislature overrides governor, allows CJ to set e-filing fees to pay for court technology

Cross-posted at Court Technology Bulletin

I mentioned two weeks ago the e-filing fees situation in South Carolina. In sum, the legislature unanimously adopted HB 4821, which would have allowed the state’s chief justice to set an e-filing fee to pay for court technology

for filing court documents by electronic means from an integrated electronic filing (e-filing) system owned and operated by the South Carolina Judicial Department in an amount set by the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court and all fees must be remitted to the South Carolina Judicial Department to be dedicated to the support of court technology

Despite the legislature’s unanimity, the governor vetoed the bill, arguing no ” branch of government should be provided with such comprehensive, unilateral authority to impose fees without regulatory or other comparable review.”

The South Carolina legislature has now voted to override the governor’s veto: 93-14 in the House and 39-3 in the Senate.