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Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday

St. George Magistrate Court
Dorchester County Courthouse
5200 East Jim Bilton Boulevard
St. George, SC 29477-2443
Phone: 843- 563-0130 or 843- 832-0130
Fax: 843- 563-0123 or 843- 832-0123

Summerville Magistrate Court
Troy Knight Judicial Complex
212 Deming Way, Box 10
Summerville, SC 29483
Phone: 843- 832-0370 or 843- 563-0370
Fax: 843- 832-0371 or 843- 563-0371

There are approximately 300 Magistrates in South Carolina that are appointed to four year terms. Dorchester County currently has 6 Magistrates whose hours of service range from 10 to 40 hours per week. Magistrates have jurisdiction over criminal/traffic offenses that carry a punishment of a fine and/or a jail sentence that is not more than 30 days generally. They also have jurisdiction over civil disputes when the amount in controversy does not exceed $7,500 commonly referred to as “Small Claims Court”. The Magistrate Court also processes evictions, restraining orders, sets bail, conducts preliminary hearings, and issues arrest and search warrants.

Central Bond Court
Located in the Summerville Magistrates Court
212 Deming Way, Box 10
Summerville, SC 29483
Phone: 843-832-0370 ext. 5423

Bond hearings are scheduled at 9:00 am and 4:00 pm every day. This includes weekends and holidays. Releases can be done in Summerville and St. George during regular business hours. 


  • The Honorable Katrina Patton, Chief Magistrate
  • The Honorable Brandt Shelbourne, Associate Chief Magistrate
  • The Honorable Jackie G. Jenkins
  • The Honorable Amanda Leviner
  • The Honorable Tera S. Richardson 
  • The Honorable Victor G. Stephens

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Last updated: 5/25/2017 10:18:02 AM