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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

Pistol-whipping convenience store bandit convicted, receives 30-year sentence

HAMPTON, SC (Feb. 5, 2020) — A Walterboro man who pistol whipped a store clerk and fired multiple shots while stealing money from a convenience …

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Lady’s Island man convicted of harassing former girlfriend

BEAUFORT, SC (Jan. 24, 2020) – A 48-year-old Lady’s Island man has been convicted of harassing an ex-girlfriend. Jason John Owen, 48, was found guilty …

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Colleton County man convicted of molesting young relative

WALTERBORO, SC (January 22, 2020) – A Colleton County man has been convicted of fondling a young relative in 2018, only months after his release …

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A collection of news stories involving the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and Solicitor Duffie Stone.

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Stone to lead national association of prosecutors

Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone has been named the 68th president of the National District Attorneys Association.  Formed in 1950, the NDAA has more than 5,100 …

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Stone testifies about internet safety in front of Senate Judiciary Committee

Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone and President-Elect of the National District Attorneys Association appeared today before the Senate Judiciary Committee on ways to make the …

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14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office 2019 annual report

The 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office marked accomplishments on many fronts in 2018. However, any apt recap of the past year is necessarily headlined by our …

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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.