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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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Hampton County General Sessions list of matters for week of 6/6/2022

A list of potential matters for the June 6 through June 10, 2022, term of Hampton County General Sessions Court, the Honorable Carmen T. Mullen …

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Jasper County General Sessions list of matters for week of 5/31/2022

A list of potential matters for the May 31 through June 3, 2022, term of Jasper County General Sessions Court, the Honorable Carmen T. Mullen …

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Allendale County General Sessions list of matters for week of 5/23/2022

A list of potential matters for the May 23-27, 2022, term of General Sessions court in Allendale County, Circuit Court Judge Carmen T. Mullen presiding. …

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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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SOVSC meeting agenda

The SOVSC, the 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that owns the property housing the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office headquarters in Okatie, S.C., will meet at 9:30 …

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Program with power to transform defendants’ lives coming to Colleton

WALTERBORO, SC (August 3, 2021) – A program with a long history of helping troubled defendants become productive citizens in Beaufort County is now available …

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Bluffton man convicted in sexual assault of 2 girls

A 65-year-old Bluffton man is headed to prison for 35 years after being found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls.

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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.