Solicitor Docket Control Ended

Charles Grose represented the South Carolina Public Defender Association as an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, in the landmark case of State v. Langford that declared Solicitor Docket Control unconstitutional.   Under this unique practice, Solicitors could call cases to trial when it most advantaged the prosecution.  Relying on the Public Defender Association’s brief, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled it violated Separation of Powers for the prosecutor, rather than the judge, to control the docket.  Click here to read the Court Opinion in State v. Langford.