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lumumba A. Tafari, #165688 vs. SCDOC

South Carolina Department of Corrections

lumumba A. Tafari, #165688

South Carolina Department of Corrections



Grievance No. PCI 2270-99

This matter is currently pending before the South Carolina Administrative Law Judge Division. On June 30, 2000, the Respondent filed a Motion to Dismiss based on the failure of the Appellant to timely serve the Notice of Appeal on the Respondent and failure to allege a substantial grievance. The Appellant filed his Response on July 5, 2000.

A party cannot appeal a ruling unless he has been substantially aggrieved by that ruling. Bivens v. Knight, 254 S.C. 10, 173 S.E.2d 150 (1970); See also S.C. Code Ann. § 1-23-380(A) (judicial review available to parties who are aggrieved by a final decision of an agency). A party who is aggrieved is one who "is injured in a legal sense; one who has suffered an injury to person or property." Bivens, 173 S.E.2d at 152, citing Parker v. Brown, 195 S.C. 35, 10 S.E.2d 625. The word "aggrieved" refers to a substantial grievance, "a denial of some personal or property right or the imposition on a party of a burden or obligation." Id.

There is no evidence that the Appellant was substantially aggrieved by the actions of the Department in this grievance. In this matter, Appellant complains that he is allergic to wool blankets and, therefore, requires cotton blankets. The Appellant, however, refuses to undergo allergy testing as required by established policies.

I conclude that the Appellant was not substantially aggrieved by the final decision of the Department, and the Administrative Law Judge Division has no jurisdiction over this appeal pursuant to S.C. R.C.P. 12(b)(1).

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the Respondent's Motion to Dismiss is granted and that this appeal is hereby DISMISSED.




Administrative Law Judge

August 17, 2000

Columbia, South Carolina


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