Clerk of Court
On Thursday, March 10, 2022, a private citizen, wielding a knife, attacked an employee of the Clerk of Court’s Office at the Richland County Courthouse. Fortunately, our employee avoided serious physical injuries, thanks to the quick responses of our staff and the Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies who were on duty at the Courthouse.
The Richland County Courthouse holds a special place in our community, as it provides equal justice to all in civil and criminal matters. The Courthouse is open to the general public each weekday and annually handles thousands of cases and other legal matters.
The Clerk’s Office and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department work closely together to provide the safest environment possible at the Courthouse by prohibiting weapons on-site, screening all visitors, utilizing physical barriers and smart technology, training our employees on best safety practices, and staffing each floor and courtroom with deputy sheriffs and bailiffs during all hours in which the Courthouse operates.
We cannot and will not allow violence or the threat of violence to jeopardize the safety of our employees in the Clerk’s Office, the judges and their staffs, and the public who visits the Richland County Courthouse. We also will not allow such brazen acts of violence to affect or interfere with the justice dispensed daily within the Courthouse.
The Clerk’s Office is reviewing its current safety protocols with Court Administration, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the Richland County Council, and other stakeholders to ensure that the Courthouse continues to provide the safest environment possible for all those who work, conduct business, and seek services therein. The public can comment or provide recommendations on these issues by emailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeanette W. McBride
Richland County Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court's Office is divided into two areas: Circuit Court which handles civil and criminal cases and the Family Court which handles juvenile and domestic cases.
The office is committed to public service. Computers are used in every area and have contributed to the efficiency of the office. Over 5,000 civil cases, 10,000 criminal warrants, 5,000 domestic cases and juvenile cases are filed each year. Court is held 46 weeks a year.
Jeanette McBride is the Richland County Clerk of Court.
Richland County Clerk of Court
Richland County Judicial Center
1701 Main Street, Room 205 (29201)
Post Office Box 2766
Columbia, South Carolina 29202
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