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Bill Number: 2750 Ratification Number: 224 Act Number 157 Introducing Body: House Subject: Books, equipment, and personnel of each county probate court
(A157, R224, H2750)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 14-23-1130, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO BOOKS, EQUIPMENT, AND PERSONNEL OF EACH COUNTY PROBATE COURT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IF THE PROBATE COURT MAINTAINS THE ORIGINAL OF A DOCUMENT IN THE MASTER FILE OF A MATTER AND A COPY OF THAT DOCUMENT ON MICROFILM OR ON ANOTHER SIMILAR SYSTEM, THEN IT IS NOT NECESSARY FOR THE PROBATE COURT TO MAINTAIN A SECOND SEPARATE BOOK WITH COPIES OF THOSE TYPES OF DOCUMENTS PROVIDED A GENERAL INDEX OR AN INDEX FOR THOSE TYPES OF DOCUMENTS IS MAINTAINED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Probate court records
SECTION 1. Section 14-23-1130 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 14-23-1130. The governing body of each county shall provide and the judge of probate shall keep the seal of the court, the necessary office equipment of the court, and those books as from time to time may appear to be necessary for keeping the records of the court and for reference thereto, including index books, appropriately labeled, referring to the records of the court pertaining to the following matters:
2. Intestate estates;
3. Estates of minors and incompetents;
5. Inventories and appraisements;
6. Returns or accountings;
8. Admissions and commitments to facilities for the care and treatment of mentally ill, mentally retarded, alcoholics, and drug addicts;
9. Marriage licenses and marriages;
10. Decrees; and
11. General or miscellaneous matters.
In addition, the governing body of each county shall provide office space and additional support personnel necessary for the orderly conduct of the business of the probate court.
If the probate court maintains the original of a document in the master file of a matter and a copy of that document on microfilm or on another similar system, then it is not necessary for the probate court to maintain a second separate book with copies of those types of documents, provided
a general index or an index for those types of documents is maintained."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.