Magistrate court judges may take guilty pleas on charges assigned to their court for disposition
Magistrate court judges cannot set bonds on individuals charged with murder, accessory before the fact of murder, and criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The Solicitor's Office schedules those hearings and the bond is set by a Circuit Court Judge in General Sessions Court.
Victim Services must schedule all bond hearings, guilty pleas, and other proceedings for defendants at the Detention Center when there is a victim of a crime involved in the case. South Carolina law requires that all victims must be notified of all scheduled hearings for a defendant and be given the opportunity to attend those hearings.
Magistrate Office Hours
Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bond hearings and guilty pleas typically happen at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. This is subject to change depending on the magistrate’s schedule.
*These times may vary. Contact the Magistrate’s Office at (843) 915-5145 to confirm.
Cash and/or surety bonds are posted in the Magistrate’s Office. They accept cash, money orders, and major credit cards, but they cannot accept personal checks.
*Persons paying a bond with cash must have an exact amount of cash.
Cash and Dash
Cash and Dash are bondable pay offenses that do not require the offender to go before a magistrate judge. The bondable amount paid is the fine amount. However, the offender must still must appear in court on the court date listed on the ticket. To find out if a charge qualifies for Cash and Dash, call Booking at 843-915-6911.