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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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Holmes caught on camera

Burglar says ‘cheese’ to security cam, gets prison sentence

BEAUFORT, S.C. (May 18, 2022) – A Beaufort County man whose face was captured by surveillance cameras as he tried to pry his way into …

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Drug dealer receives 25-year prison sentence

BEAUFORT, SC (May 18, 2022) – A local drug dealer who was trafficking fentanyl-laced heroin and other narcotics is headed prison for 25 years.   …

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Colleton County Courthouse

Colleton County General Sessions Court list of matters of 5/17/2022

A list of matters for a non-jury term of Colleton County General Sessions Court, set for May 17-20. The Honorable Judge J. Cordell Maddox, Jr. …

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

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Drug dealer receives 25-year prison sentence

BEAUFORT, SC (May 18, 2022) – A local drug dealer who was trafficking fentanyl-laced heroin and other narcotics is headed prison for 25 years.   …

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Joint statement on Murdaugh investigation from SLED, Solicitor’s Office

In recent days, some media outlets have published unfounded and ill-informed speculation regarding the role of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in the investigation of …

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Double-murder conviction sends Walterboro man to prison

Jonathan Moore, 22, of Walterboro was sentenced March 7, 2022, to 30 years in prison.

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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.

Measures taken after March 2020 to stem the spread of COVID-19 included shutdowns of many court operations, including jury trials. Unfortunately, crime continued unabated. The result is a substantial backlog of criminal cases in jurisdictions around the country, including South Carolina’s 14th Judicial Circuit. Solicitor Duffie Stone has a plan to reduce the backlog much faster and to provide updates here to track our progress.