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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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Stone gives presentation to SC House committee

Justice reform must include truth in sentencing, Stone tells House panel

Some criminals struggle with anti-social behavior. Others embrace it. Criminal-justice reform that does not recognize this difference – and treat each type of offender accordingly …

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Stone and Michelle Fraser with award.

State advocacy group honors Stone for helping crime victims

OKATIE, SC (July 27, 2020) – The S.C. Victim Assistance Network on Monday recognized Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone for his work to help crime …

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Solicitor Duffie Stone testifies before the U.S. Senate in 2019

Solicitor Stone, NDAA back bill to end ‘warrant-proof’ encryption, child exploitation

BLUFFTON, SC – Citing concerns about human trafficking and exploitation of children, 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone recently endorsed a federal bill requiring tech companies …

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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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Stone and Michelle Fraser with award.

State advocacy group honors Stone for helping crime victims

OKATIE, SC (July 27, 2020) – The S.C. Victim Assistance Network on Monday recognized Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone for his work to help crime …

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9 ways SC should reform criminal justice, improve public trust

With criminal-justice reform now part of the public consciousness, Solicitor Stone puts forward a plan for South Carolina. It includes several points he and other …

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Solicitor’s Office employees assist with tornado recovery

HAMPTON COUNTY, SC (April 17, 2020) — Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office employees are assisting the recovery from the tornado that ravaged parts of Hampton County …

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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.