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These terms are used interchangeably to refer to courts presided over by a Magistrate.
Magistrates hear several types of civil cases, the most common being:
Defendants file civil cases in the area where they live.
Yes, you are entitled to a jury trial if requested in a timely manner and in writing. A jury trial request should include your current mailing address and phone number, and the name of your attorney if one is representing you. Jury trial request forms are available at each Magistrate’s office or you may write your own request.
Crime victims must make a report with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and deliver a copy of the incident report to present to the Magistrate. The Magistrate will determine if there is enough probable cause to file an arrest warrant. Depending on the type of charge, you may need to sign the sworn affidavit for a courtesy summons. The Sheriff’s Office or other appropriate law enforcement agency handles all other charges.
It is preferred that you contact the Solicitor’s Worthless Check Unit at 843-545-3169. This agency will completely process the bad check for you. Otherwise, you may present bad checks to the Magistrate’s Court to have a courtesy summons issued if the following stipulations have been met: