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There are approximately 300 magistrates in South Carolina, each serving the county for which he or she is appointed. They are appointed by the Governor upon the advice and consent of the Senate for four year terms and until their successor is appointed and qualified. Magistrates have criminal trial jurisdiction over all offenses which are subject to the penalty of a fine not exceeding $500.00 or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both. Magistrates may also hear cases transferred from general sessions, the penalty for which does not exceed one year imprisonment or a fine for $5,000, or both, upon petition by the solicitor and agreement by the defendant.

Generally, magistrates have civil jurisdiction when the amount in controversy does not exceed $7,500. Magistrates hear civil cases concerning money owed to others, defaulted credit payments, landlord-tenant disputes, property wrongfully withheld from the rightful owner, magistrate sales, and restraining orders. In addition, 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 court are summary.

Orangeburg County has three regional offices. The offices are Central Region Magistrate Office and Central Region Traffic Court Office located in Orangeburg, Eastern Region Magistrate Office located in Holly Hill, and Western Region Magistrate Office located in Neeses. Court is held in each of these offices. There is a Traffic Court, Bond Court, Criminal Domestic Violence Court, Jury Trial Court, and Preliminary Hearing Court located at the Central Region Office. Traffic Court hears all traffic cases for South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina Transport Police, and County Law Enforcement Agencies. Instructions for the date, time, and location for you to appear for court are on your ticket. All cases for the above agencies are heard in the Central Office.

Citizens may pay traffic tickets with cash, money orders, certified checks or on-line with credit cards. Personal checks are not accepted. If mailing fines send money order or certified checks, do not mail cash.

Bond Court is held daily at 9:00am and 2:30pm at 1520 Ellis AVE - Get Directions →.

Bond Court sets the amount of bond when someone is arrested. Bonds may be paid or posted at the Central office Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM.

A Free Guide to the Magistrate’s Court has been prepared by the SC Bar’s Young lawyer’s Division. It offers answers to frequently asked questions. This guide is presented in Adobe PDF format - if you do not have Adobe Reader, you may obtain a free copy from Adobe.

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Magistrate Court Fees, Filings and Forms

The Orangeburg County Magistrate Court's Office forms are available here for your convenience. Any questions concerning these forms should be directed to the Orangeburg County Magistrate Court's Office at (803) 533-5879. All forms are presented in Adobe Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you may obtain a free copy from Adobe.

The court fees listed below are a Mandatory Collection of Civil Fees to be Collected in the Magistrate Court.
Affidavit for Ejectment (Eviction)
Filing and Service Fee: $40 Filing Fee (if using Private Process Server): $30
You must go to the Magistrate’s Office in the District where the tenant lives to file.
Claim and Delivery
Filing and Service Fee: $65 Filing Fee (if using Private Process Server): $55
Value of property to be claimed cannot exceed $7,500 in value. The Magistrate’s Court has no jurisdiction in property belonging to married or common law parties. Process can take anywhere from 30 to 60 days from the date of filing until the ruling on court date.
Interpleader Actions
Filing Fee: $90
The magistrate courts have jurisdiction to entertain interpleader actions arising from real estate contracts for the recovery of earnest money, only if the sum claimed does not exceed $7,500.00. Generally, interpleader is an equitable remedy in which a person, who owes or is in possession of money or property in which he disclaims any title or interest but which is claimed by two or more persons, prays that the claimants be compelled to state their several claims, so that the court may adjudge to whom the matter or thing in controversy belongs.
Magistrate’s Sale
Filing Fee: $35
Magistrates have authority to conduct sales pursuant to § 29-15-10 to enforce repair and/or storage liens. An owner of any storage place or repair shop who stores or repairs any property or who furnishes any material for repairs has a lien on that property in the amount of the bill for storage or repairs. Upon the completion of repairs or the expiration of the Storage Contract and the failure of the owner of the property to claim the goods and satisfy his debt to the lien holder, the lien holder may have such property sold at public sale to the highest bidder upon the giving of written notice of his claims, to the owner and any lien holders with perfected security interests, and the expiration of 30 days.
Restraining Order §16-3-1750
Fee charged to the non-prevailing party at conclusion of hearing for issuance of order: $80
The plaintiff/individual that is filing the action, may file for a person to be restrained from their home, job location, or school. §16-3-1750 (B) provides that an action for a restraining order must be filed in the county in which (1) the defendant resides when the action commences; (2) the harassment in the first or second degree or stalking occurred; or (3) the plaintiff resides if the defendant is a non-resident of the State or cannot be found.
The plaintiff may obtain a Restraining Order Form in the Regional Magistrate Office where the defendant lives or where the harassment took place. Counseling and shelter services for victims of abuse are available at CASA. If you would like to contact CASA in regards to their services, they can be reached at (803) 535-3351.
Summary Ejectment of Trespassers
Filing Fee: $65
Summary ejectment of trespassers may be used to remove a person from the premises when there is no landlord/tenant relationship. Examples of when summary ejectment could be used would include the following: 1) an ex-lover who will not leave the premises; 2) an adult son or daughter who refuses to leave the parent's home; 3) a girlfriend who owns house and wants to evict boyfriend.
A Notice to Quit the Premises must be served on the trespasser. Personal service on the defendant is required. If, after the expiration of five (5) days from the personal service of such notice, the trespasser does not leave the premises, then the magistrate shall issue a warrant of ejectment to any sheriff or constable to eject the trespasser "using such force as may be necessary."
Summons and Complaint
Filing and Service Fee: $80 Filing Fee (if using Private Process Server): $70
Filing Fee (complaints): $10 Filing Fee (for each additional defendant with a different address): $10
The plaintiff must provide the Court with a clear and accurate legal name and street address for the defendant. Route and box numbers are not acceptable. If filing against a business, determine whether the business is incorporated or privately owned. If privately owned, list owner’s full legal name. If incorporated, list the agent of service name and address for service of process. The plaintiff must file at the Magistrate’s Office where the defendant lives.
The Magistrate’s Court Jurisdictional Limit is $7,500. The "plaintiff", is the individual or business filing the complaint. The "defendant", is the individual or business who the complaint is filed against.
ServiceFiling FeeBond FeeService FeeProviso FeeExecution of JudgmentTotal
Claim and Delivery $45.00 + $5.00* + $10.00 + $10.00 + $20.00** = $90.00
* Only required when claim for immediate seizure made.** Only required when pick-up order or execution issued; also includes $10.00 service fee.
ServiceFiling FeeService FeeProviso FeeWarrant of DistraintTotal
Distraint $20.00 + $10.00 + $10.00 + $10.00 = $50.00
ServiceFiling FeeService FeeMailing FeeProviso FeeWrit of EjectmentTotal
Ejectment $20.00 + $10.00 + $5.00* + $10.00 + $10.00** = $55.00
* If required by §27-37-30.** This figure represents service costs and should only be charged if service of the final paper is needed.
ServiceFiling FeeService FeeProviso FeeTotal
Harassment/Stalking Restraining Order (§16-3-1750)** $45.00 + $10.00 + $25.00 = $80.00
** Fee not required at an initial filing. Charge to non-prevailing party at conclusion of hearing.
ServiceFiling FeeService FeeProviso FeeTotal
Interpleader (§22-3-25) $45.00 + $20.00* + $25.00 = $90.00
* Service upon two defendants will be required in an interpleader action.
ServiceFiling FeeService FeeProviso FeeTotal
Magistrates Declaration and Sale or Destruction of Derelict Mobile Homes (§6-1-150) $45.00 + $10.00 + $25.00 = $80.00
ServiceFiling FeeProviso FeeTotal
Magistrates Sale of Abandoned Mobile Homes (§6-1-150) $25.00 + $10.00 = $35.00
ServiceRepair and Storage Filing Fee/CostProviso FeeTotal
Magistrates Sales (§29-15-10) $25.00 + $10.00 = $35.00
ServiceFiling FeeService FeeProviso FeeWarrant of EjectmentTotal
Summary Ejectment of Trespassers (§15-67-610) $45.00 + $10.00 + $10.00 + $10.00* = $75.00
* Represents cost of service of warrants. Only charge if service of warrant is required.
ServiceFiling FeeService FeeProviso FeeTotal
Summons and Complaint $45.00 + $10.00 + $25.00 = $80.00
Miscellaneous Court FeesFee
Court Fee: counterclaim for summons and complaint $10.00
Court Fee: preparation and serving of a summons/subpoena in a civil action $8.00
Court Fee: preparing, certifying, and forwarding a transcript of judgment in a civil case for purpose of appeal (does not apply to criminal appeals) $10.00
Court Fee: summons jury panel in civil case; cost to be born by losing party $5.00
Witness Fee: paid to witness by compelling party $25.00

Central Region Magistrate Office

  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Phone: (803) 533-5879
  • Phone: (803) 533-5844
  • Fax: (803) 516-4011
  • Mailing Address
  • P.O. Box 9000
  • Orangeburg, S.C.
  • 29116

Central Region Traffic Court Office

  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Phone: (803) 533-5848
  • Fax: (803) 533-6037
  • Mailing Address
  • P.O. Box 9000
  • Orangeburg, S.C.
  • 29116

Eastern Region Magistrate Office

  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Phone: (803) 496-9533
  • Fax: (803) 496-5661
  • Mailing Address
  • P.O. Box 154
  • Holly Hill, S.C.
  • 29059

Western Region Magistrate Office

  • Hours of Operation: Monday and Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm, Wednesday: 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Phone: (803) 247-2011
  • Fax: (803) 247-2058
  • Mailing Address
  • P.O. Box 387
  • Neeses, S.C.
  • 29107
  • Bond Court
  • Phone: (803) 268-2956
  • Fax: (803) 533-6037
  • Domestic Violence Court
  • Phone: (803) 533-5843
  • Fax: (803) 516-4011
  • Jury Trial Court
  • Phone:(803) 533-5846
  • Fax: (803) 533-6037
  • Prelim Court
  • Phone:(803) 268-2956
  • Fax: (803) 533-6037