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Circuit Riders: Updating SC Regulations

Basic Legal Research Training

Updating SC Regulations

Print Annual Cumulative Supplements
Once you find a relevant South Carolina regulation, you must
update it to make sure it is still good law. Each hardbound volume of the South Carolina Code of Regulations is updated annually by a supplement inserted in the back of the book called a pocket part, or by a separate softbound supplement shelved next to the hardbound volume.

Supplements include any amendments to or repeals of regulations as well as any new regulations enacted since the hardbound volume was last revised. Supplements also include new cases interpreting specific regulations.

Supplements to the South Carolina Code of Regulations are published once a year, so an agency could amend or repeal a regulation or adopt a new regulation before a new supplement or hardbound volume is printed. Plus, new regulations are not posted on the South Carolina Legislature's website until after that year's legislative session is over.


The SC State Register & Citators
There are two ways to check for updates to a particular South Carolina regulation or to check for new regulations that become effective
before the print and online versions are updated.

First, researchers can check each of the monthly South Carolina State Registers by agency for any proposed or final regulations issued since the annual print supplement to the South Carolina Code of Regulations or online regulations were published.




Second, researchers can use a citator to track South Carolina regulations for amendments or repeal. Citators also reference current cases and other resources that cite a regulation.

The Coleman Karesh Law Library subscribes to the
print Shepard's South Carolina Citations, which covers South Carolina cases, court rules, statutes, and regulations.Citators for South Carolina regulations are also available through online subscription databases. Shepard's® is the citator for Lexis AdvanceKeyCite® is the citator for Westlaw Next.  


In fact, if you have access to South Carolina regulations through an online subscription database such as Westlaw Next, Lexis Advance, or Bloomberg Law, those databases should be current through the most recent monthly South Carolina State Register.  Nevertheless, citators are very useful for citing references to cases and secondary sources.