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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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Hampton County General Sessions list of matters for week of 8/1/2022

A list of potential matters for the Aug. 1-5, 2022, term of Hampton County General Sessions Court, the Honorable DeAndrea Benjamin presiding. Please note this …

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Beaufort County General Sessions Court list of matters for week of 7/25/2022

A list of potential matters for July 25-29, 2022, term of Beaufort County General Sessions Court, the Honorable Brooks Goldsmith presiding. Please note this list …

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Jasper County General Sessions Court list of matters for week of 7/18/2022

A list of potential matters for July 18-22, 2022, term of Jasper County General Sessions Court, the Honorable Robert Bonds presiding. Please note this list …

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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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Career Criminal Unit provides lasting protection from 14th Circuit’s most violent offenders

Stone’s novel idea not only shut revolving door; it saved counties money, too As the Beaufort and Jasper detention centers almost literally overflowed with defendants …

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MADD executive praises result of Solicitor’s Office DUI pilot project

Dramatically improved conviction rates speaks to the success of a 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office pilot program to hold Beaufort County drunken drivers accountable. So has …

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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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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.