IT IS ORDERED that Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Courts statewide may begin holding in-person proceedings, other than jury trials, on Monday, March 15. Additionally, Circuit Courts may conduct in-person grand jury proceedings beginning March 15. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Circuit Courts statewide may begin holding jury trials on Monday, April 5.
Please call the courts for questions regarding a specific case.
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 and 4.
The Berkeley County Probate Court is an Administrative Office and a Judicial Office. The Judicial Office resolves conflicts between interested parties in bench or jury trials. The Administrative Office assists and oversees the processes and procedures which are set forth in The Probate Code.
Matters handled in the Probate Court are generally divided into four separate divisions:
Estate Division: This Division oversees the administration of estates to ensure that assets and debts of a decedent are handled by the Personal Representative pursuant to the decedent’s Last Will and Testament or the Statute of Intestacy.
Guardian/Conservator Division: This Division oversees the appointment of Guardians for adults (guardians for children are appointed by the Family Court) and the appointment of Conservators for minors and adults. Persons who are “incapacitated” mentally or physically may need the assistance of a Guardian and/or Conservator to handle their affairs.
Therapeutic Division: This Division assists persons seeking involuntary treatment of mental illness and/or alcohol-drug addiction for their family members. The Clerk processes all applications for judicial and emergency commitment proceedings.
Marriage License Division: This Division issues marriage licenses and files executed licenses with DHEC. This Division is responsible for maintaining a permanent record of all licenses issued and returned to the Court following the ceremony. Requests for certified copies of marriage licenses on record in Berkeley County are also prepared by this Clerk.
South Carolina Courts' list of things court staff can and cannot do
Letter from the Judge:
Our Clerks are very capable and competent in their area of service and are here to help you with the specific process you need. We cannot give you legal advice and recommend that you seek the services of an attorney if you need legal assistance. Crystal S. Smalls has served as the Associate Judge since 1990 and she hears cases in the Therapeutic Division. I have had the privilege of being your Probate Judge since 2002. If you need any of the services offered by the Berkeley County Probate Court, please give us the opportunity to serve you. We are committed to providing you with the service you need with the respect and courtesy you deserve. Thank you for allowing me to serve you, it has been both a privilege and pleasure.
Keith W. Kornahrens
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, March 4, 2024) – Berkeley County Government is hosting an in-house job fair for open County positions on Thursday, March 21, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place at the…
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, December 11, 2023) – All Berkeley County Government offices will be closed Friday, December 22 through Tuesday, December 26. Normal hours will resume on Wednesday, December 27. Offices…
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, August 31, 2023) – Berkeley County Government is encouraging any resident or business that sustained storm damage from Idalia to report it online HERE or via the Citizen…
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, August 30, 2023) – As Idalia approaches, Berkeley County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning, which means Tropical Storm force winds are possible within the next 36 hours,…
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, August 29, 2023) – Berkeley County Emergency Management officials and leaders are continuing to monitor Hurricane Idalia, set to make landfall early Wednesday as a category 3 storm…