Children’s Law Center
School of Law
University of South Carolina
Title 63: New Children’s Code
Title 63 added to the Code of Laws.
Entitled “South Carolina Children’s Code.”
Transfers provisions from Chapter 7, Title
20 to the new Title 63.
Effective June 16, 2008
Joint Citizens and Legislative
Committee on Children
Amends former section 20-7-25 to establish the JCLCC.
This Committee shall study issues relating to children as
the Committee may undertake or as may be requested
or directed by the General Assembly.
Annual report is required to the Governor, President Pro
Tem of the Senate and the Speaker of the House by
each February beginning in 2009.
The Committee terminates on December 31, 2015.
The Children’s Law Center will provide staff support for
Age of Consent
Legislation passed proposing to amend
Section 33, Article III of the SC
Constitution relating to the age of
Currently, the State Constitution allows an
unmarried female 14 years or older to
legally consent to sexual intercourse.
Age of consent to increase?
Sex Offender’s Residency
Amends former section 23-3-535.
Prohibits specified sex offenders from residing within
certain areas where children are likely to be.
Unlawful for certain sex offenders to reside within 1000
feet of a school, daycare center, children’s recreational
facility, park or public playground.
Places the burden on schools to provide names and
addresses of every sex offender who resides within 1000
feet of a school bus stop to the parents of a student who
rides the bus (alternatively the school may post on its
school district website a link to the sex offender registry.
Law enforcement must check to ensure schools comply.
Shaken Infant Video
Every hospital in our State has to make a
video available for viewing to parents of
DHEC (Department of Health and
Environmental Control) is responsible for
making the video available.
Criminal Domestic Violence: H5001
H 5001, R320,H3058: This bill adds
Section 16-25-125 to the criminal code.
Makes it unlawful for a person charged or
convicted under sections 16-25-29 or 16-
65-65 or who is subject to a restraining
order to enter a domestic violence shelter.
Misdemeanor: $3000/3yrs. or both
If weapon, felony and enhanced penalties
Criminal domestic violence
Amends Section 16-25 20
Restructures penalty provisions
Allows CDV convictions in other states to
be considered as previous convictions for
No longer a requirement that the offense
occur within the last ten years for
R 327; H 4440
Enacts the SC Illegal Immigration Reform
Act and creates a number of new crimes
Public employers must check driver’s
licensed and or id cards
Separate violation each time a person
receives a public benefit based on a false,
fictitious or fraudulent statement
Age For Handguns
Section 16-23-30 amended
Age changed from 21 to 18 to sell, offer to
sell, deliver, lease , rent, barter, exchange
or transport for sale into the state any
Guardians ad Litem
Amends Section 20-7-110, now 63-7-1620
Relates to legal representation of children
Attorney GAL in an abuse and neglect
proceeding to serve as GAL and legal
counsel for the child
Ethics Advisory opinion 08-04
Amends Section 20-7-121
Extends authority to Richland County
Includes confidentiality and immunity
Victim Witness Program
Amends structure of the victim/ witness
Creates Victim Services Coordinating
Creates the Office of Victim Services
Creates Certification within the Office of
the Crime Victim’s Ombudsman