Abbeville County Magistrate's Office

Abbeville South Carolina

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Pictured above is our Law Enforcement Center opened in January 2002. The Law Enforcement Center houses the Sheriff's Office, Detention Center and Magistrate's Office. Our Law enforcement Center is the product of a 12 year project of Sheriff Goodwin, Magistrate Ferguson, Abbeville County Council and SCDC Officials to update and combine the Previous Sheriff's Office, Magistrates Office and County Jail which all in seperate County building. The new facility is a "State-of-the Art" and will easily carry Abbeville County far into the future. The Law Enforcement Center is located just off of Hwy 28 By-pass, East of Abbeville off of Hwy 72.


Contact and Court Information

Mailing address
Post Office Drawer 1156

Physical address
21 Old Calhoun Falls Rd.
Abbeville, SC 29620

Telephone
864 446-6500

Fax
864 446-6555 fax


General Information

Weekend bond court hours are at 8:30 am and 5:00pm

Please visit the following link for forms to be used in the Magistrate's Court

South Carolina Supreme Court / Judicial Department

you will then click on the "FORMS" link on the left-hand side menue of the page, click on "ALL COURT TYPES", highlight Magistrate/Municipal and click "SUBMIT".

Our Court handles all landlord/tenant evictions and trespasser ejectments for Abbeville County, as well as Summary Court actions, i.e. Claim and Deliveries, Summons & Complaints, Restraining Orders, Orders of Protection, Rule to Show Cause hearings and Magistrate Lien Sales.

Traffic Court is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am and 3:00 pm

Criminal Court is held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:00 am

Jury Trials and Preliminary Hearings are held once a month, with days and times varying.

We strive to serve the Public to the best of Our ability with a POSITIVE, PROFESSIONAL and IMPARTIAL ATTITUDE.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get my driver's license reinstated for unpaid traffic tickets?

A: Pay your outstanding traffic ticket(s) at the appropriate court and then present the reinstatement form and required fee to the Department of Public Safety or Highway Department of the state in which you are a licensed driver.


Q: I have lost my traffic ticket. How can I find out when and where to go to court?

A: Contact Summary Courts Administration.


Q: When can I evict a renter for non-payment of rent?

A: After the tenant is over 5 days late with the rent, the landlord can file for eviction. In South Carolina courts, a month-to-month or verbal agreement is as valid as a written contract. There is a two part process to the eviction filing process. After the $40.00 fee is paid, the first part is served and the tenant is given 10 days to move. If the tenant has not moved in the 10 days, the landlord will then file the second part, and pay an additional $10.00. On the eviction day, the landlord will then be responsible for moving the tenants belongings to the curb.


Q: How do I collect the $300.00 my neighbor owes me for repairing his automobile?

A: In order to collect monies owed to you, you must file a summons and complaint at the Abbeville County Magistrate's Office. This will require an $80.00 filing fee, and you must provide a current Abbeville County address for the person from whom you wish to collect. The Small Claims Court can handle civil claims of up to $7,500.


Interesting Links

South Carolina Justice Department Home Page
Information about the South Carolina Justice System
South Carolina Bar Association Home Page
Information about the South Carolina Bar
South Carolina State House Home Page
Information about the South Carolina Codes of Law and search page
Abbeville County Sheriff's Office
Our Sheriff's Office Home Page
Abbeville County 911 System Home Page
NEW Page for Our County 911
Abbeville County Fire Department Home Page
NEW Page for Our County Fire System
SLED State Law Enforcement Division Home Page
Great site for State Law Enforcement information

Abbeville County Magistrates Office

abbmag@wctel.net

Chief Magistrate

Honorable George T. Ferguson
abbmag@wctel.net
Post Office Drawer 1156
21 Old Calhoun Falls Rd.
Abbeville, SC 29620
864 446-6500
864 446-6555 fax

Associates Magistrates

Honorable Susan G. Cothran

Honorable Carolyn W. Brownlee

Honorable John R. Nixon


Administrative Offices

Bonnie Scroggs, Court Administrator
abvmagadm@wctel.net

Vicki Johnson, Civil Clerk

John Holland, Magisrates Constable



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