FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Clerk of Court is an elected official who serves a four year term. The Clerk of Court serves both the Circuit Court and the Family Court and is responsible for docket management, receipt of fees, fines and costs, maintenance of all court records and submission of reports to a variety of state and federal agencies. Circuit Court is divided into General Sessions (Criminal) and Common Pleas (Civil) cases. Some of the Clerk of Court duties for these courts include receipt of criminal warrants, jury management and staffing the courtrooms while court is in session. The Clerk of Court is also responsible for Family Court and the collection and disbursement of court ordered child support and/or alimony payments, issuance of Rules to Show Cause to bring non-paying obligors before the Family Court and filing of Orders of Protection.
General Sessions (criminal)
- Maintains records of criminal cases heard in General Sessions court. This includes sentence sheets, arrest warrants, tickets, bonds, indictments, and pleadings.
- Collects fine payments for General Sessions’s fines. We accept cash or money orders. No personal checks are accepted for fine payments.
Common Pleas (Civil)
- Responsible for accepting and maintaining all records of cases heard in Court of Common Pleas, which are civil disputes between parties.
- Prepare rosters for the upcoming terms of Common Pleas Court. The rosters may be viewed on line at http:\\www.judicial.state.sc.us\clerks\colleton\roster.cfm
- Maintains records of all judgments for Common Pleas Court
- Responsible for maintaining the records of the Family Court in the manner designated by Court Administration. Within this record keeping functions are maintenance of the cases, submission of statistical reports and receipt and disbursement of alimony and child support that are court-ordered.
The jury system in South Carolina involves both grand juries and petit juries. Grand juries decide whether or not to issue bills of indictments on charges brought before them. Petit Juries render verdicts in individual trials in Circuit Court. The Clerk of Court is responsible for summoning, venire preparations and compensation of jurors for the Circuit Court.
Each juror will receive a juror summons. The bottom section of this summons must be completed and returned to the Clerk of Court’s office within two days after receipt. If a juror believes he or she should be disqualified, exempted or excused from jury duty he or she should state this on the juror response form and notify the Clerk of Court’s Office with this concern.
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This Office does NOT do the following:
- Traffic Court and Tickets are handled by Summary Court.
- Scheduling of General Sessions Court is handled by the Solicitor’s Office
- Marriage Licenses are issued and maintained by Probate Court
- Deeds and other Land Transactions are handled by the Register of Deed’s Office
- Tax Liens are maintained in the Register of Deed’s Office
- Legal advice can only be given by an attorney or legal referral service (1-888-321-3644)