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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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Allendale County Courthouse

Allendale County General Sessions list of matters for week of 1/23/2023

A list of potential matters for the Jan. 23-27, 2023, term of General Sessions court in Allendale County, Circuit Court Judge Robert Bonds presiding. Please …

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‘Pillowcase Bandits,’ who burglarized Lowcountry homes, sent to prison

WALTERBORO, SC (January 20, 2023) – Four men who burglarized Lowcountry homes on weekdays, then sold their pilfered goods at swap meets and flea markets …

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Beaufort County Courthouse

Beaufort County General Sessions Court list of matters for week of 1/17/2023

A list of potential matters for the Jan. 17-20, 2023, term of Beaufort County General Sessions Court, the Honorable Brooks P. Goldsmith presiding. Please note …

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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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Colleton County Courthouse

Colleton County General Sessions Court list of matters for week of 1/17/2023

A list of potential matters for Jan. 17-20, 2022, term of Colleton County General Sessions Court, the Honorable Benjamin H. Culbertson presiding. Please note this …

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Beaufort County Courthouse

Beaufort County General Sessions Court list of matters for week of 1/9/2023

A list of potential matters for the Jan. 9-13, 2023, term of Beaufort County General Sessions Court, the Honorable Robert Bonds presiding. Please note this …

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Serial Beaufort County burglar receives maximum sentence

BEAUFORT, SC (Dec. 19, 2022) – A Hilton Head Island man who burglarized more than a dozen area businesses has been convicted and sentenced 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.

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.