Residents of Calhoun, Dorchester, and Orangeburg Counties – We, like you, have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation.  The health, safety, and well-being of our employees and the community is extremely important to our team.  At this time, our offices are closed to the public.  We are committed to having a limited number of team members in each of our office locations during this time, and we will continue to take your phone calls from 8:30 – 5:00 pm.  Below is information regarding upcoming court dates:

Roll call dates scheduled for April are effectively postponed.  All cases currently scheduled for first or second appearances will be rescheduled for May 11, 2020 at 9:00 am.  If you have been charged with a crime and you have not yet retained an attorney, we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to retain counsel or apply for the public defender prior to May 11th.  The Dorchester Public Defender’s Office may be reached at (843) 821-9800.  The Orangeburg Public Defender’s Office may be reached at (803) 531-7090.

General Sessions jury trials scheduled through April 2020 are canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.  All individuals summoned for jury duty or subpoenaed for trial for those weeks will not be required to report to the Courthouse.

Juvenile Court detention hearings will continue to be held on an emergency basis.

Expungements will only be processed via mail.  Please call our office if you would like us to mail an application to you.

All courts will be locked, and court security will screen individuals to determine their necessity to enter the buildings.  The courthouses will only be available for critical functions.

As we continue to adjust our daily lives in the face of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to work to keep our communities safe.  Thank you for your patience.