Magistrates Court is
the Summary Criminal Court and the Small Claims Court for South
Carolina residents. It is established under the SC
Unified Judicial System supervised
by the Chief Justice of the SC Supreme Court through the Office
of Court Administration. You
may obtain a free copy of Your Guide to Magistrates Court by
Magistrates Court is responsible for trying all traffic cases
and misdemeanor criminal offenses that carry up to a 30-day jail
sentence or $500 fine. Criminal cases that have more severe
consequences are referred to the General Sessions Court.
Magistrates Court also handles small claims disputes up to $7,500 in
value and landlord-tenant disputes. Civil cases that exceed small
claim maximum value are removed to the Court of Common Pleas.