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About the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office

The Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office is the chief prosecuting agency for Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. Covering 3,200 square-miles of South Carolina’s renowned Lowcountry, we are the only five-county circuit in the state.

Our primary role is to prosecute all cases in General Sessions Court, certain misdemeanors in Magistrate’s Court and all criminal cases in Family Court. Each year, we prosecute approximately 5,000 cases.

Additionally, our office operates a number of prevention programs including pre-trial intervention, worthless check, alcohol education, traffic education, treatment-based courts and juvenile arbitration.

The office is led by the Solicitor, who is elected every four years. Solicitor Duffie Stone was appointed by the Governor in 2006. He was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

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14th Circuit General Sessions list of matters for week of 4/26

A list of possible matters to be taken up during the 14th Circuit General Sessions non-jury term of court for the week of April 26. …

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Armed, masked man convicted in restaurant robbery

Former restaurant employee who robbed McDonald’s is headed to prison.

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Walterboro man gets prison for 2018 murder

WALTERBORO, SC (April 21, 2021) – A 45-year-old Walterboro man has been convicted of murder in a 2018 shooting that occurred in broad daylight. Jermaine …

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The Solicitor's Office in other news media

A collection of news stories involving the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and Solicitor Duffie Stone.

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Solicitor Stone, on origins of Take Back the Night vigils

Our friends at Hopeful Horizons held their annual Take Back the Night event April 22. Conducted virtually because of COVID precautions, it commemorated Sexual Assault …

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Bluffton man convicted in child sexual abuse case

A 60-year-old Bluffton man accused of sexually abusing a young girl is headed to prison. John David Haltom was sentenced to 10 years in prison …

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Solicitor’s Office joins litter clean-up effort in Jasper County

Members of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office joined a group of 30 volunteers Saturday in the Levy area of Jasper County as part of an …

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Domestic Violence Advisory Committee

Solicitor Duffie Stone has been chairman of the S.C. Domestic Violence Advisory Committee since its inception in 2015. This multidisciplinary body was formed to decrease the incidences of domestic violence by developing an understanding of its causes, planning and implementing changes within agencies represented on the committee to stem domestic violence; and advising the governor and General Assembly on policies and practices that will prevent domestic violence.