Courts and Judicial System
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Last Updated - 04/02/2020
Circuit Court - Limited
Acceptance of Filings and Payments: Clerk staff is available Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 10am-1pm for emergencies only. Notes:
Probate Court - Limited
Acceptance of Filings and Payments:
The Courthouse is closed to public but we are receiving filings and payments by drop off box at the front door of the Courthouse under the supervision of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department or by mail: Richland County Probate Court, PO Box 192, Columbia, SC 29202. Please note that mail and drop-offs are quarantined for 48 hours before being processed. We are receiving and returning all emails. All employee emails are available on our website. Please use this link: http://www.richlandcountysc.gov/Government/Courts-and-Judicial-System/Probate-Court/Probate-Contacts.
Emergency Commitment hearings and emergency Guardianship and Conservatorship hearings are occurring by video.
All non-emergency hearings are being resolved on a case by case basis.
Marriage license applications are temporarily suspended. We are working on an acceptable mail in option and online option. We are hopeful that this will be in place in the next few weeks. Please continue to monitor our website for updates. Please use this link: http://www.richlandcountysc.gov/Government/Courts-and-Judicial-System/Probate-Court
Notes: Use our website emergency contacts as your emergency requires. http://www.richlandcountysc.gov/Government/Courts-and-Judicial-System/Probate-Court
Bond Court - Normal
Acceptance of Filings and Payments: Richland County twenty-four hour Bond Court located at 201 John Mark Dial Road, Columbia, SC 29209 will proceed with bond hearings as normally scheduled and a judge is available 24 hours a day to satisfy the on-call requirement. Warrants for all Law Enforcement agencies can be issued at Bond Court. Richland County Bond will hand all Bond hearings in the County until further notice. Notes:
Magistrate Court - Limited
Acceptance of Filings and Payments: The Central Magistrate Court, located at 2500 Decker Boulevard, Columbia SC 29206 will be available for restraining order filings and scheduled restraining order hearings. Citations also can be paid online at www.rcgov.us/payticket to any Richland County Magistrate Office. The citizens must have ticket number in order to pay online. They are to call (803) 576-2300 regarding the Decker Center cases. The District Offices will have a law clerk to answer calls for any question the citizens may have from 8:30 – 5:00 PM. In the District Courts, if citizens wish to file any civil matters, the filings can be mailed with a check or money order made payable to the Magistrate District Court. Citizens can visit sccourts.org or the Richland County Magistrate website for filing forms. Telephone calls will be returned with a 24-hour period in all Courts. Notes:
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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.