After 18 months of delays, a South Carolina court will on Tuesday begin considering the lawsuit to protect Diocese of South Carolina assets from seizure by The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC).
Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein, who will preside over the trial, said on Thursday that she will allow TEC to spend Monday taking 34 depositions it had previously cancelled. TEC and TECSC have cited the cancelled depositions in their efforts to delay the trial. Arguments will commence on Tuesday.
Judge Goodstein’s decision ends the protracted effort by TEC and TECSC to delay trial. Since May 21 alone, TEC has filed five motions for either continuance or to ask the courts to reconsider previous decisions. The three requests to delay the trial have all been rejected by the courts.
“We are grateful the judge has ended the delays by TEC and TECSC,” said Jan Pringle, spokesperson for the Diocese. “We only wish the denomination had not wasted so much of its members’ money and the court’s time on these frivolous stalling tactics.”