Last updated: November 19, 2013
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.
Note: The Broad Street courthouse hears cases for the 9th Judicial Circuit Court, including all civil litigation for claims over $7,500. For claims under $7,500, see the magistrate courts section. The Court of General Sessions is Charleston’s criminal court for serious criminal cases. For some misdemeanor criminal courts, see the magistrate courts section.
Note: The Family Court hears all matters involving domestic or family relationships, including divorce, custody issues, spousal and child support, adoption and change of name. The Family Court also may hear some cases involving violations of the law by minors under 17.
(843) 746-9822 (Bond Hearing)
(843) 745-2390 (Preliminary Hearing)
Note: The Small Claims Court, North Area, is also located in this building in Suite B146.
Note: The Charleston Federal Courthouse hears cases for the U.S. District of South Carolina, including cases arising under federal law. For information about bankruptcy filing and hearings in South Carolina, visit the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Carolina website.