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Magistrate's office trimming DUI backlog
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One of the first projects Rick Todd tackled after being appointed Kershaw County’s chief magistrate in late April was whittling down a backlog of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration (DUAC) cases. More than a month earlier, S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean H. Toal issued an order to all 46 of South Carolina’s county magistrate offices to deal with DUI backlogs. In her March 18 order to then-Chief Magistrate Gene Hartis, Toal noted that Kershaw County’s magistrate office had 1,190 pending criminal cases, 668 of which were DUI and DUAC cases.