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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.

Latest Press Releases

Deputy Solicitor Sean Thornton

Ridgeland man guilty of 2-year-old’s murder

RIDGELAND, SC (July 23, 2021) – A Ridgeland man has been convicted in connection with the 2018 death of a 2-year-old child, who was shot …

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Jasper County General Sessions Court list of matters for week of 7/19/2021

A list of potential matters for the July 19-23 term of General Sessions court in Jasper County, Judge Bentley Price presiding. Please note this list …

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Allendale County Courthouse

Allendale County General Sessions list of matters for week of 7/12/2021

A list of potential matters for the July 12-16 term of General Sessions court in Allendale County, Judge Carmen T. Mullen presiding. Please note this …

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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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Bluffton man convicted in sexual assault of 2 girls

A 65-year-old Bluffton man is headed to prison for 35 years after being found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls.

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Career Criminal Unit prosecutor Mary Jones.

Deadly Hilton Head gas station shooter sentenced to prison

BEAUFORT, SC (June 3, 2021) – A Hilton Head Island man has been convicted of murder in a2018 shooting in a gas station parking lot. …

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Walterboro woman who stole from employer sentenced to prison

BEAUFORT, SC (May 28, 2021) – A Colleton County woman who swindled more than $200,000 while working for a regional trucking company is headed to …

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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.