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South Carolina Supreme Court Asks Citizens Their Opinions

Request for Written Comments

The South Carolina Bar has proposed amending Rule 43(k) of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure (SCRCP) to permit counsel retained by an insurer to sign a mediated settlement agreement in place of a named party in certain instances.

The Court is considering submitting the Bar’s proposed amendment to the General Assembly in accordance with Article V, Section 4A of the South Carolina Constitution. The proposed changes are set forth in the attachment. 

Persons or entities desiring to submit written comments should submit their comments to the following email address, rule43comments@sccourts.org, on or before December 6, 2021. Comments should be submitted as an attachment to the email as either a Microsoft Word document or an Adobe PDF document.

Columbia, South Carolina
November 18, 2021


(k) Agreements of Counsel. No agreement between counsel affecting the proceedings in an action shall be binding unless reduced to the form of a consent order or written stipulation signed by counsel and entered in the record, or unless made in open court and noted upon the record, or reduced to writing and signed by the parties and their counsel, or in the event of a settlement agreement involving payment by an insurer, the signature of counsel retained by an insurer on behalf of the Defendant(s) or third party administrator shall suffice in place of the signature of the insured party. Settlement agreements shall be handled in accordance with Rule 41.1, SCRCP.

Note to 2022 Amendment

The amendment to Rule 43(k) clarifies the existing practice in cases where plaintiff has waived the presence of the actual named defendant at a settlement conference and allows for more efficient enforcement of mediated settlements.




Request for Written Comments

The South Carolina Bar has proposed amending Rule 4 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure (SCRCP) to provide for a method of service on an individual defendant in a foreign country.

After a review of the Bar’s submission, the Court is considering modifying the Bar’s proposed amendment1 for submission to the General Assembly in accordance with Article V, Section 4A of the South Carolina Constitution. The proposed changes are set forth in the attachment. 

Persons or entities desiring to submit written comments should submit their comments to the following email address, rule4comments@sccourts.org, on or before December 1, 2021. Comments should be submitted as an attachment to the email as either a Microsoft Word document or an Adobe PDF document.

Columbia, South Carolina
November 10, 2021

Rule 4(e), SCRCP, would be amended to provide:2

(e) Serving an Individual in a Foreign Country. Unless a statute provides otherwise, an individual—other than a minor or an incompetent person—may be served at a place not within any judicial district of the United States:

(1) by any internationally agreed means of service that is reasonably calculated to give notice, such as those authorized by the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents;

(2) if there is no internationally agreed means, or if an international agreement allows but does not specify other means, by a method that is reasonably calculated to give notice:

(A) as prescribed by the foreign country’s law for service in that country in an action in its courts of general jurisdiction;

(B) as the foreign authority directs in response to a letter rogatory or letter of request; or

(C) unless prohibited by the foreign country’s law, by:

(i) delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to the individual personally; or

(ii) using any form of mail that the clerk addresses and sends to the individual and that requires a signed receipt; or

(3) by other means not prohibited by international agreement, as the court orders.

Rule 4(h), SCRCP, would be amended to provide:

(h) Proof of Service Without the State. When the service is made out of the State the proof of such service may be made, if within the United States, by affidavit before:

(1) Any person in this State authorized to make an affidavit;

(2) A commissioner of deeds for this State;

(3) A notary public who shall affix thereto his official seal; or

(4) A clerk of a court of record who shall certify the same by his official seal; and,

(5) If made without the limits of the United States, before a consul, vice-consul or consular agent of the United States who shall use in his certificate his official seal.

Rule 4(i), SCRCP, would be amended to provide:

(i) Proof of Service on an Individual in a Foreign Country.  Service not within the United States must be proved as follows:

(1) if made under Rule 4(e)(1), as provided in the applicable treaty or convention; or

(2) if made under Rule 4(e)(2) or (e)(3), by a receipt signed by the addressee, or by other evidence satisfying the court that the summons and complaint were delivered to the addressee.

1 The version approved by the Bar’s House of Delegates is available at: https://www.scbar.org/media/filer_public/dc/56/dc56e1e7-33f0-46b6-aa37-e89f16300fe5/july_30_2021_materials.pdf
2 Subsequent paragraphs in Rule 4 would be re-lettered to reflect the addition of any new paragraphs.

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