SC Chief Justice Toal to give last state of judiciary speech

SC Chief Justice Toal to give last state of judiciary speech

By JEFFREY COLLINS

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Toal is giving her final state of the judiciary speech.

Toal is scheduled to speak Wednesday at noon to a joint session of the House and Senate to outline what she wants to do with the judicial branch.

Last year, she thanked lawmakers for giving judges more information before they set bonds. She has frequently asked for more money to bring technology to filing lawsuits and other court documents.

During her 15 years as the state's top judge, Toal has helped install online court records searches in every county.

Toal also has called for more judges to handle increasing caseloads.

Toal will turn 72 in August, which is the mandatory retirement age for judges in South Carolina.

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