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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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Colleton County Courthouse

Colleton County General Sessions list of matters for week of 6/21/2021

A list of potential matters for the June 21-25 term of General Sessions court in Colleton County, Judge Brian Gibbons presiding. Please note this list …

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Beaufort County Courthouse

Beaufort County General Sessions Court list of matters for week of 6/21/2021

A list of potential matters for the June 21-25 term of General Sessions Court in Beaufort County, Judges Carmen T. Mullen and R. Ferrell Cothran, …

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Florida native convicted of murdering girlfriend with ax

RIDGELAND, SC (Friday, June 18, 2021) – A Florida native has been found guilty of killing his girlfriend with an ax in the backyard of …

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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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Bluffton man convicted in child sexual abuse case

A 60-year-old Bluffton man accused of sexually abusing a young girl is headed to prison. John David Haltom was sentenced to 10 years in prison …

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Solicitor’s Office joins litter clean-up effort in Jasper County

Members of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office joined a group of 30 volunteers Saturday in the Levy area of Jasper County as part of an …

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Solicitor’s Office collects essential items for children’s shelter

OKATIE, SC (Feb. 25, 2021) – A carload of essential items was donated this week to the area’s only home for abused and neglected children, …

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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.