Columbia mixes historical significance with good old southern hospitality in the heart of the Midlands. Soda City is full of youth energy from the University of South Carolina and our revitalized downtown, but still overflowing with southern charm (not to mention our signature tangy BBQ!). Southern charm may not be quite as overflowing in one of the many courts in the state’s capital, but we nevertheless could find ourselves there for any number of reasons ranging from jury duty to a traffic ticket. If so, you may have questions about where to go and what you’ll find in one of the many courtrooms in Columbia.
The South Carolina court system may seem complex at first, but it is actually quite straightforward. The Circuit Court is the primary trial level court in South Carolina, though for small-time cases you may have business with either the Municipal or Magistrate Courts. Specialized cases may find the Probate or Family Courts more appropriate. And up top, the Supreme Court reviews cases already decided by lower courts. Knowing which court is appropriate for your particular legal matter is critical to your success, so here is a guide to some of the key courthouses in Columbia.