Do you have court business in Charleston? South Carolina’s judicial system is complicated, with many courts performing many different functions. The Magistrate Courts are the lowest level courts in the city. Magistrate Courts handle traffic violations and criminal cases with punishments of a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days or both. Magistrate Courts also handle landlord-tenant problems, restraining orders, and civil claims not exceeding $7,500. The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Charleston handles civil cases claiming $7,500 or more as well as criminal felony and misdemeanor cases not heard by the Magistrate Courts. The Circuit Court also has a separate Family Court that handles family law issues and juvenile delinquency. To simplify your courthouse search, below is a list of courthouses in Charleston and North Charleston, including links to official sites with more information.