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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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Beaufort County Courthouse

Beaufort County General Sessions Court list of matters for week of 9/20/2021

A list of potential maters for the Sept. 20-24 term of General Sessions court at the Beaufort County Courthouse, Judges Carmen T. Mullen, Robert Bonds …

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Dr. Campbell's online training

Solicitor’s Office, Hopeful Horizons call in national expert for domestic violence training

Battered women often underestimate the severity of the mistreatment they suffer and the likelihood their abusive partners eventually will kill them, a national authority told …

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Colleton County Courthouse

Colleton County General Sessions list of matters for week of 9/7/2021

A list of potential matters for the Sept. 7-10 term of General Sessions court in Colleton County, Judge H. Steven DeBerry IV 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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Walterboro woman who stole from employer sentenced to prison

BEAUFORT, SC (May 28, 2021) – A Colleton County woman who swindled more than $200,000 while working for a regional trucking company is headed to …

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Beaufort County Sheriff comments regarding court backlog, Solicitor’s Office budget far off mark

Trial courts around the country, including those in South Carolina, were largely shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic from March 2020 through April …

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Solicitor attacks General Sessions Court backlog with 5-point plan

The Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office will clean up the backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in a professional manner while providing victims the speedy trials …

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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.