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SC sets up panel to study court docket system

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's highest court has put together a panel to figure out the best way to manage the state's trial dockets.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday released a list of the members of the committee being chaired by Justice Don Beatty.

Local prosecutors long decided when to call cases to court in South Carolina. But in 2012, the high court ruled that a state law giving local solicitors that power was unconstitutional.

The high court sided with public defenders, who said the law violates the separation of powers by giving judicial responsibility to a prosecutor, or member of the executive branch.

The court first issued an order putting judges in control of case docketing but ultimately chose to put together a study panel after a challenge by state prosecutors.

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