Magistrates generally have criminal trial jurisdiction over all offenses subject to the penalty of a fine, as set by statute, but generally, not exceeding $500 or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both. In addition, they are responsible for setting bail, conducting preliminary hearings, and issuing arrest and search warrants. Magistrates have civil jurisdiction when the amount in controversy does not exceed $7,500.
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Magistrates for Kershaw County
The Honorable James E. Davis Jr. Chief Magistrate
The Honorable Roderick M. Todd, Jr. Associate Chief
The Honorable M. Scott Rankin
The Honorable Darrell J. Drakeford
The Honorable D. Allen Trapp
Courtroom Rules and Attire
- The courtroom is a place of dignity and respect for our judicial process. Please treat it as such by dressing appropriately.
- No shorts, hats, tank tops, offensive t-shirts, flip flops or sweatsuits.
- Cell phones should be silenced or turned off.
- No talking or disruptive behavior.