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South Carolina Case Records
Search South Carolina Circuit Court, Magistrates Court, and some Municipal Court case records by county, court type, court agency, case number, case type and sub-type, name, party type, action type, and date.
South Carolina Criminal History Check
Search South Carolina criminal history records by first and last name, date of birth, and gender. Maiden name and Social Security number are additional search options. A fee applies.
Published opinions and orders
Self help, legal research, general information
9th Judicial Circuit Diversion
View information about diversion programs in Berkeley and Charleston Counties, including Pretrial Intervention, Alcohol Education, Traffic Education, and Worthless Check. Successful completion of these programs can result in dismissal of charges for some non-violent first-time offenders. Links to forms, instructions, and brochures are provided.
9th Judicial Circuit Expungement
View information about expungement of criminal and juvenile records in Berkeley and Charleston Counties, including types of records that can be expunged, instructions, forms, and a search of expungement application status by case number.
9th Judicial Circuit Glossary
View a glossary of helpful legal terms compiled by the 9th Judicial Circuit Office of the Solicitor in Berkeley and Charleston Counties.
Charleston County Adult Drug Court
View information about Charleston County Adult Drug Court, which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse problems.
Charleston County Magistrates Court Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about Charleston County Magistrates Court, including types of cases, small claims, landlord/tenant, appeals, expungement of records, and use of attorneys.
Charleston County Mental Health Court
View information about Charleston County Mental Health Court, which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some misdemeanor or non-violent felony offenders with mental health problems.
South Carolina Alternative Dispute Resolution
View South Carolina Bar information about alternative dispute resolution, which includes mediation and arbitration and can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. A mediator/arbitrator search, informational pamphlet, and rules are provided.
South Carolina Consumer Protection
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs offers information about consumer issues including problems with businesses, helpful organizations, safety recalls, lemon law complaints. and home ownership. Instructions and forms for filing a consumer complaint and a search of the complaint database are also provided.
South Carolina Court Rules
Search South Carolina court rules by keyword, or browse Civil, Criminal, Family Probate, Magistrate, ADR, and Evidence rules by table of contents.
South Carolina Expungement and Pardons
The South Carolina Bar offers information about criminal record expungements and pardons, including eligible cases, how to apply, effects of an expungement, and the differences between expungement and pardon.
South Carolina Laws
Search the South Carolina Code of Laws by keyword, or browse the Code by table of contents.
South Carolina Legal Information
The South Carolina Bar offers online information about various legal topics, including automobile issues, bankruptcy, benefits, lawyer-client issues, consumer and business law, criminal law, end of life issues, family law, and the court process.
South Carolina Legal Information and Legal Resources
View information about legal issues organized by category, including consumer, housing, family and juvenile, domestic violence, wills, senior citizens, civil rights, health care, immigration, military, taxes, housing, the legal system, employment, criminal law, disability, public benefits, education, vehicles, disaster relief, and small businesses.
South Carolina Legal Publications
The South Carolina Bar offers downloadable brochures and forms on various legal topics, including financial issues, end of life directives, senior issues, guardians ad litem, children and the law, and more.
South Carolina Legal Resources
The South Carolina Judicial Department offers links to online legal resources, including government agencies, laws, legal services, the South Carolina Bar, and law schools.
South Carolina Record Expungement Process
View instructions for applying for an expungement of criminal records in Circuit Court General Sessions, Magistrates Court, and Municipal Court; juvenile records including a link to the required form; and destruction of arrest records.
South Carolina Self Help Information
View South Carolina Judicial Department self-help resources, including answers to frequently asked questions in English and Spanish; links to divorce, child support, and firearm restriction relief form packets; self help videos by topic; and additional online research resources.
South Carolina Victim Help
The South Carolina Victim Assistance Network provides crime victim with information, educational resources, referrals, advocacy, and financial assistance. A directory of Victim Advocates by county is included.
South Carolina Victims' Compensation
The South Carolina Office of Victim Assistance provides crime victims with compensation for physical and emotional injuries. Information about victims' rights, types of compensation available, eligibility criteria, answers to frequently asked questions, and application forms are included.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
9th Judicial Circuit Victim/Witness and Domestic Violence Help
The 9th Judicial Circuit Office of the Solicitor Victim Witness Program provides crime victims and witnesses in Berkeley and Charleston Counties with information about their rights and the criminal justice process, court accompaniment, case status notification, referrals, and assistance with victim impact statements, restitution, and victims' compensation applications. Detailed information about domestic violence is provided.
Charleston County Free Legal Help
Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services provides free assistance to indigent parties in civil cases, including family law, probate, housing, public benefits, and consumer.
Charleston County Lawyers
View a directory of Charleston County Bar Association members by name or area of practice. Click the "Find an Attorney" link in the menu at the top of the page to choose the directory type.
Charleston County Public Defender
View information about the Charleston County Public Defender's Office, which provides legal representation for indigent defendants facing possible incarceration, and juvenile defendants charged with crimes or delinquency.
South Carolina Free Legal Assistance
South Carolina Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to income-eligible parties. Use the "Services" menu item for application instructions, a calendar of free legal clinics, income guidelines, answers to frequently asked questions, services for migrants, language services, and a tax clinic. Links to legal information and self-help forms are also provided.
South Carolina Free Legal Clinics
The South Carolina Bar offers free legal clinics on various topics throughout the state. Upcoming events are listed by date and include time and location.
South Carolina Lawyer Fee Disputes
The South Carolina Bar offers information about fee disputes with lawyers, including rules, forms, and answers to frequently asked questions. For minor disputes not involving fees, see the "Client Assistance Program" link in the left column.
South Carolina Lawyer Referral
The South Carolina Bar offers a lawyer referral service by telephone or online request form. A small fee for the service includes an initial consultation with the lawyer.
South Carolina Lawyers
Search the South Carolina Judicial Department list of lawyers by name. Search results include law firm name, contact information, law school, graduating year, and South Carolina Bar admission date, membership class, and membership status.
South Carolina Public Defender Services
The South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense offers contact information for Public Defenders in each circuit and county; use the "About Us" menu item for links to the contact information. Public Defenders provide legal representation for indigent defendants facing possible incarceration. Answers to frequently asked questions about Public Defenders, indigent defendants, and eligibility criteria are included; use the "Resources" menu item to find the FAQs link.
South Carolina Volunteer Lawyers
The South Carolina Bar offers information about free ("pro bono") civil legal services available to indigent parties, including types of cases, how to qualify, and procedure.
Forms and related information
Online fine payments
Pay South Carolina Traffic Tickets
Pay South Carolina traffic tickets online by county, case number, and last name. Online payment available for most counties and for some Municipal Courts.