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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

Colleton man who sexually assaulted 14-year-old sent to prison

WALTERBORO, SC (June 15, 2022) – A Colleton County man has been sent to prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old during a 2016 family gathering. …

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Beaufort County Courthouse

Beaufort County General Sessions Court list of matters for week of 6/13/2022

A list of potential matters for June 13 through June 17, 2022, term of Beaufort County General Sessions Court, the Honorable Robert J. Bonds presiding. …

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Colleton County Courthouse

Colleton County General Sessions Court list of matters for week 6/13/2022

A list of potential matters for the June 13 through June 17, 2022, term of Colleton County General Sessions Court, the Honorable Carmen T. Mullen …

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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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Oath ceremony held at S.C. Court of Appeals for new prosecutors

COLUMBIA, SC (Feb. 4, 2022) – The S.C. Court of Appeals held a special term of court Thursday for an oath ceremony for three new …

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Solicitor’s Office juvenile prosecutor wins award from U.S. Attorney’s Office

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (Sept. 27, 2021) – A veteran Lowcountry prosecutor dedicated to managing a juvenile caseload in Family Court has received an award by …

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Solicitor’s Office, Hopeful Horizons call in national expert for domestic violence training

Battered women often underestimate the severity of the mistreatment they suffer and the likelihood their abusive partners eventually will kill them, a national authority told …

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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.