SC chief justice: court fee veto torpedoes courts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's top judge said Gov. Mark Sanford's veto of higher court fees would torpedo the state's court system.

Chief Justice Jean Toal said on Wednesday that without money from the fees, courts would have to eliminate clerks and court reporters.

Sanford vetoed legislation Wednesday that would generate $21 million for the state's courts. Sanford said he had met with Toal and was sympathetic with her concerns. But he said the state needed to find a better way to pay for running a core function of state government than raising costs for people using courts.

Toal said Sanford is wrong on that front because the state's lawyer groups support the temporary fee increases.

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