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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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Bluffton couple get prison for abusing their 6 children

BEAUFORT, SC (October 21, 2020) – A Beaufort County couple have been sentenced to prison for abusing and failing to properly care for six of …

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Mock trial competition offers real-world experience during pandemic

Assistant Solicitor Dustin Whetsel addresses a remote jury during the Mock Trial Competition.

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Solicitor Stone testifies before S.C. House on hate crimes

Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone was back before a legislative panel considering criminal-justice reforms for South Carolina. Stone traveled to Columbia to speak in person …

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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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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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Solicitor’s Office bulks up website, improves navigation, security

OKATIE, SC (April 14, 2020) – The 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office recently launched a redesigned website that offers more information than ever before, in a …

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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.