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Magistrate

John Melton, Chief Magistrate

Magistrate Central Office

200 W. Main St.

Chesterfield, SC 29709

Phone: 843-623-3431

Fax: 843-623-3494

Public Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Magistrate System:

Chesterfield County magistrates have criminal trial jurisdiction over all offenses subject to the penalty of a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both.

Upon petition by the solicitor and agreement by the defendant, magistrates hear cases transferred from general sessions, the penalty for which does not exceed one year imprisonment or a fine of $5,000, or both.

Magistrates have civil jurisdiction when the amount in controversy does not exceed $7,500.

Magistrates are responsible for setting bail, conducting preliminary hearings and issuing arrest and search warrants. Unlike circuit courts and probate courts, magistrate courts are not courts of record. Proceedings in magistrate's courts are summary.

There are approximately 300 magistrates in South Carolina, each serving the county for which they are appointed. They are appointed by the governor upon the advice and consent of the senate for four year terms.

Fines can be paid online here.

Bond Court:

The Honorable Vivian L. Patrick
Chesterfield County Detention Center
319 Goodale Road
Chesterfield, SC 29709

Bond Hearing Hours:

Monday-Friday: 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00-10:00 AM and 5:00 PM

Holiday hours vary
Phone: 843-623-2261
Fax: 843-623-2088

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