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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Sumter County Magistrate Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Sumter County, South Carolina, and resources applicable to all courts in South Carolina.
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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.
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Sumter County Summary Court Dockets
View Sumter County Magistrate and Municipal Court dockets by agency, docket type, and date. Search pending dockets by attorney bar number or case number.
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South Carolina Attorney General Legal Opinions
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South Carolina Court Orders
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South Carolina Court Forms
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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.
Self help, legal research, general information
Sumter County Teen Court
View information the Sumter County Teen Court program, an alternative court for young offenders.
3rd Judicial Circuit Pretrial Intervention
View information about the Pretrial Intervention Program in Clarendon, Lee, Sumter, and Williamsburg Counties, which can lead to dismissal of charges for some non-violent first-time offenders. Links to the program brochure and application are at the bottom of the page.
South Carolina Magistrate's Court Information
View and download a guide to South Carolina Magistrate's Courts, including answers to frequently asked questions, definitions, forms, and rules.
South Carolina Alternative Dispute Resolution
The South Carolina Bar provides information about alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to court.
South Carolina Domestic Abuse Protection Order Information
View information about domestic abuse protection orders, including information about types of orders, filing instructions, court procedure, and a directory of resources.
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 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 Victim Help
The South Carolina Victim Assistance Network provides crime victims with information, educational resources, referrals, advocacy, and financial assistance. A directory of Victim Advocates by county is included under the "Resources" menu tab.
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.
South Carolina Consumer Protection
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs offers information about consumer issues, including business complaints, scams, identity theft and privacy, credit and debt relief. Instructions and forms for filing a consumer complaint and a search of the complaint database are also provided.
South Carolina Court Rules
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South Carolina Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
View a directory of South Carolina domestic violence and sexual assault shelters and organizations, in alphabetical order by county.
South Carolina Laws
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South Carolina Legal Information
The South Carolina Bar offers information about many common legal topics.
South Carolina Legal Information and Legal Resources
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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 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 Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles offers information about drivers' licenses, driving records, vehicle titles and registration, and insurance requirements.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
3rd Judicial Circuit Public Defender
View information about the 3rd Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office, which provides legal representation for indigent defendants facing possible incarceration, and juveniles charged with crimes, in Clarendon, Lee, Sumter, and Williamsburg Counties. County-specific information and answers to frequently asked questions are provided.
South Carolina Free Legal Assistance
South Carolina Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to income-eligible parties. Select the "Resources" and "Calendar" menu tabs for links to income guidelines, answers to frequently asked questions, services for migrants, language services, and a schedule of free legal clinics. Links to legal information, self-help brochures, and forms are also provided.
South Carolina Public Defender Services
The South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense offers contact information for Public Defenders in each circuit and county; select the "About Us" menu tab to link to 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 tab to view frequently asked questions and answers.
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.
South Carolina Attorney and Judge Discipline Records
View South Carolina Judicial Department disciplinary orders against lawyers and judges by year, order number, and topic.
South Carolina Attorney or Judge Complaints
The South Carolina Office of Disciplinary Counsel provides information about judge and lawyer misconduct, and instructions for making a complaint about a lawyer or judge.
South Carolina Free and Low-Cost Legal Assistance
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South Carolina Free Legal Advice
The South Carolina Bar offers free legal answers from a lawyer by online form, telephone, or web chat.
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 Disputes
The South Carolina Bar offers information about fee disputes with lawyers, including rules, forms, and answers to frequently asked questions; a Client Assistance Program for low-level disputes, and instructions for filing a grievance against a lawyer.
South Carolina Lawyer Referral and Mediator Search
The South Carolina Bar offers a lawyer referral service by telephone or online request form, including an initial consultation with a lawyer for a nominal fee. A mediator search is also provided.
South Carolina Lawyers
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