Telephone and email: Operating as normal
Online service/payments: Operating as normal
Starting September 21, 2020, South Carolina court operations will resume normal scheduling and docket management, including in-person hearings in Circuit Court and Family Court, as well as General Sessions and Common Pleas jury trials, according to this September 14 memo from South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty.
All matters may be heard in-person effective September 21, but judges have discretion to determine whether it is appropriate to conduct hearings using remote technology. See full operations guidance in the memo.
In addition, this Sept. 15 order from Chief Justice Beatty addresses docketing for General Sessions. “…We must be mindful of the potential impact on court dockets and make every effort to keep cases on track and prevent a backlog of pending matters. I would also take this opportunity to remind the Bench and Bar that hearings can be held using WebEx where possible and appropriate,” the order states.
All Central Traffic Court cases will resume August 17, 2020. Therefore, if your ticket indicates a court date of August 17, 2020 or later, you must pay the ticket amount in advance of trial or be present for your hearing on the date indicated.
All Central Traffic Court cases which were continued due to COVID-19 will be rescheduled and a notice will be mailed to you.
All other Magistrate cases, including Small Claims matters and Evictions, will be held at the time and place indicated on your hearing notice.
Closed to the public
Probate Court now has a drop box located at the front of the courthouse for documents to be filed by leaving them in the box between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
If you print the marriage license application, please have it filled out before coming into the office.
If possible, please be in the office by 4:30pm for marriage license applications.
The Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office (Charleston and Berkeley Counties) which is located in the Berkeley County Courthouse, is open. Victim Advocates and Assistant Solicitors remain available for telephone and online consultations with victims, witnesses, law enforcement and attorneys. Applications for diversion programs and expungements are also available online at www.scsolicitor9.org.
Berkeley County officials continue to encourage citizens to take precautions and limit the spread of the virus.
Public health officials also continue to advise proper preventative measures that have been issued by DHEC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay healthy and help limit the spread of the virus.
Berkeley County 911 has updated its call-taking software to include the Emergency Infectious Disease Surveyance Tool, a screening resource to identify individuals who may be experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
DHEC Care Line for public inquiries about the virus. Telephone 1-855-472-3432 – weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fetter Healthcare is offering FREE virtual screenings, and drive-thru testing in at several locations in Berkeley County, please visit http://fettercovid19screening.org.
MUSC is offering FREE Health Virtual Urgent Care screenings. Telephone (843) 792-7000 for more information, or visit https://muschealth.org/patients-visitors/coronavirus-information. Additionally, patients who use Health Virtual Urgent Care can access the drive-through respiratory specimen collection site for COVID-19 testing.
Roper Hospital is offering free virtual screenings from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. https://www.rsfh.com/virtualcare/.