Courts and Judicial System
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court's Office is divided into two areas: Circuit Court, which handles civil and criminal cases, and Family Court, which handles juvenile and domestic cases.
Family court hears cases that relate to familial and domestic relationships, such as child custody issues.
Magistrate’s Court hears civil cases involving landlord tenant issues and injury or property damage in which the claim is under $7,500. Magistrate Courts also handle traffic and criminal cases where the fine is no more than $2,000 and/or 90 days.
Master-in-Equity Court handles non-jury cases of more than $5,000 and provides a relatively quick and inexpensive means of litigation resolution for civil matters.
Administers estates of decedents; issues marriage licenses; appoints guardians and conservators for minor and incapacitated persons; orders involuntary commitments of mentally ill or chemically dependent persons; and hears and decides trust and estate litigation.
The S.C. Commission of Indigent Defense is responsible for ensuring all individuals participating in the delivery of indigent defense services in the state provide the highest quality of representation to our clientele.
The Solicitor ensures prosecutions are processed by organizing the flow of cases, assigning cases to attorneys, advising attorneys on cases assigned, monitoring status of pending cases and supervising personnel.