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A pro se litigant is one who acts on his own behalf, someone who represents himself or herself without a lawyer. Although not recommended, each party in a legal case has the right to appear pro se. Should you decide to represent yourself, please be mindful of the following things:
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Passport applications are available at the Georgetown Post Office, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. Call 843-546-5515 for inquiries.
Notary Public applications are available through the Legislative Delegation Office in the historic Georgetown County Courthouse, located at:129 Screven StreetGeorgetown, SC 29442
There is an application fee of $25. Once an applicant completes the form and returns the form to the Delegation Office, the form is then notarized and sent to Columbia. Once the applicant receives the commission, he or she must bring it to the Clerk of Court for recordation. This requires a $10 filing fee. Call 843-545-3029 for inquires.
The Solicitor’s Office schedules criminal cases for trial. Contact the Solicitor’s office at 843-545-3169.
The Clerk of Court’s office cannot give legal advice. Persons seeking advice or acting as their own attorney should consult the most recent edition of South Carolina Rules of Court and follow the Rules of Civil Procedure.
If you are financially unable to obtain adequate legal representation and you are a defendant in a criminal case, you can apply for a public defender. Staff presents to you upon arrival at the Georgetown County Detention Center or the City of Georgetown Police Department, an application determining whether or not you qualify for a public defender. In the event you do not apply at the County Detention Center or the City Police Department, call the Public Defender’s office 843-545-3671 to apply for legal counsel. Applications require a $40 non-refundable fee before processing and is only waived or reduced by the proper authorities under certain circumstances.
All documents filed with the court are public records and are available through the Clerk’s office. Sometimes sealed by special court order, and sometimes sealed and confidential by operation of law, such as adoptions, abuse and neglect and criminal files relating to juveniles, availability of documents vary. If your criminal case is pending with the Clerk’s office but should be dismissed, please contact the Solicitor’s office in Georgetown County at 843-545-3169. The South Carolina Department of Social Services on June 3, 2019, officially implemented the "Federally Mandated" State Disbursement Unit (SDU) in Georgetown County. Obligors currently making support payments to the Georgetown County Clerk of Court’s office will make payments to the South Carolina State Disbursement Unit and mailed to:South Carolina State Disbursement UnitP.O. Box 100302Columbia, SC 29202
Please note: Obligors will only make PURGE payments to the Georgetown County Clerk of Court’s office. These are payments ordered if an Obligor appears before a Family Court Judge due to him/her being delinquent on the child/spousal support account, or a Bench Warrant was ordered for their arrest.
Do not send PURGE payments to the SDU.
If you have questions about when and how to make payments to the State Disbursement Unit, please contact the SDU customer service center at 800-768-5858. Agents are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, excluding holidays.
If you have an attorney, you should contact your attorney to learn the status of your case. If you do not have an attorney, you may contact the Solicitor’s office at 843-545-3169. When calling to inquire about your case, if you provide the indictment or warrant number for the case, the Clerk’s office may answer your questions. Without an indictment or warrant number, you or your designee must visit the office and conduct your own research. For Family Court Child/Spousal Support inquiries, please call the South Carolina State Disbursement at 800-768-5858.
All records filed in the Clerk’s office are public information with the exception of cases sealed by Order of the Court. The fee for file copies is 25 cents per page and $1 for each certified copy. If your case was heard in Magistrate Court / Municipal Court you need to contact that specific Magistrate Court or Municipal (City) Court.
To obtain a criminal record report, contact the arresting agency in the county where the arrest took place. The Clerk of Court’s office does not perform criminal background checks. You or your designee may visit the office during regular office hours and complete this research.
Expunged is a process destroying or sealing the records of a criminal conviction. This includes records in files, on computer, or in any other depositories. Once expunged, it is as if the criminal case never existed.
Contact the Georgetown County Solicitor’s office at 843-545-3169.
The Solicitor’s Office initiates this process. Contact the Solicitor’s office at 843-545-3169.