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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

Solicitor’s Office to operate virtually during virus concerns

OKATIE, SC (March 18, 2020) – Due to the concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office will operate as a virtual …

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Mutual-combat murder doctrine, argued by Solicitor Stone, now recognized state law

BEAUFORT, SC (February 7, 2020) – A rarely cited doctrine used by the 14th Circuit Solicitor to convict three defendants in the 2012 shooting death …

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Georgia woman sent to prison for DUI that killed passenger

RIDGELAND, SC (Feb. 13, 2020) – A Georgia woman whose 22-year-old passenger died after being ejected from her vehicle has been sent to prison. The driver, …

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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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SC still needs to make headway against domestic violence

Domestic violence remains a severe problem in South Carolina, but recent attempts to curb it are having the intended effect, according to a statewide committee …

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Veteran officer to become Solicitor’s Office investigator

Solicitor Duffie Stone swears in Investigator JoJo Woodward in a ceremony Monday morning. OKATIE, SC (December 17, 2018) – A veteran law enforcement officer from …

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State’s highest honor bestowed on former solicitor

HAMPTON COUNTY, SC (Sept. 21, 2018) – Former 14th Circuit Solicitor Randolph Murdaugh III has received the state’s highest civilian honor. The Order of the Palmetto …

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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.