CompuScripts Court Reporters welcomes guest blogger J. Preston Strom, Jr., Esq.
If you practice complex civil litigation, at some point you may find that you need to obtain pro hac vice status in South Carolina. Pro hac admission in a South Carolina court subjects an attorney to all of the governing rules of procedure and ethics.
While undoubtedly familiar with the rules of procedure in your home state, you may not be familiar with the intricacies of the South Carolina Rules of Procedure. Given that the majority of civil actions settle prior to trial, locking down beneficial deposition testimony can impact dispositive motions, and ultimately, the final resolution of your case. Knowing how to proceed in a South Carolina deposition is critical.
Below, I’ve identified important tips to help ensure that your deposition runs smoothly. I strongly suggest that you consult with local counsel prior to taking or defending your first South Carolina deposition. In the event that you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact me personally.
Subject to certain exceptions, the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure are virtually identical to the guidelines used in the federal district court in South Carolina:
A graduate of the University Of South Carolina School Of Law, J. Preston “Pete” Strom, Jr. is an attorney with Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, South Carolina. Pete handles civil litigation cases including class actions, mass torts, complex civil litigation, personal injury, defective products, toxic torts, consumer protection, and civil rights cases. Pete is admitted to practice in the U. S. District Court of South Carolina and all South Carolina state courts. Pete has also been admitted pro hac vice in a number of Federal Courts. He is AV Peer Review Rated from Martindale- Hubbell, a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice, and a member of the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice. To speak to Mr. Strom about a pro hac vice deposition or case in South Carolina, please contact him at 803.252.4800.