Beaufort County

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Representing Clients in Beaufort County’s Courts

In Beaufort County, the courts include the Magistrate Court, Probate Court, Municipal Court, and the U.S District Court of South Carolina.

Magistrate Court is a court of law with civil and criminal jurisdiction. It handles cases where the value of the injury or damage is $7500 or less.

Probate Court has jurisdiction over marriage licenses, estates of deceased persons, guardianship of incapacitated adults, conservatorships of the estates of minors and incapacitated persons, minor settlement of $25,000 and less, and involuntary commitments of mentally ill and/or chemically challenged persons.

Municipal Court is responsible for the adjudication of all misdemeanor offense and violations against city and state laws that occur within city limits. These offenses are subject to a fine not to exceed $500, or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, or both.

The U.S. District Court of South Carolina is a federal district court whose jurisdiction is the state of South Carolina. Court is held in the cities of Aiken, Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, and Spartanburg.

Other Courts Serving South Carolina

The U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit is one of twelve regional appellate courts within the federal judicial system. The court hears appeals from the nine federal district courts in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and from federal administrative agencies.

The U.S. Supreme Court is the highest court in South Carolina. The Court is composed of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices who are elected to ten year terms by the General Assembly.

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Beaufort County, SC

Beaufort County Information & Overview

Beaufort County, located in the scenic Lowcountry region of South Carolina, is a captivating blend of natural beauty, historical charm, and economic vitality. As of 2022, the population of Beaufort County was approximately 200,000 residents, making it one of the fastest-growing counties in the state.

The county’s economy thrives on diverse sectors, with a notable emphasis on tourism, military presence, and a burgeoning retirement community. The coastal allure of Beaufort attracts visitors with its picturesque landscapes, including pristine beaches, marshlands, and historic sites.

The town of Beaufort itself, with its well-preserved antebellum architecture, is a magnet for history enthusiasts and filmmakers alike.

The military plays a significant role in Beaufort County’s economic landscape, with Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort being a key contributor. The presence of military installations not only enhances national defense, but also stimulates economic growth through employment opportunities and local businesses supporting the military community.

Moreover, Beaufort County has become a favored destination for retirees seeking a peaceful coastal lifestyle. The influx of retirees has bolstered the local economy, driving demand for services, healthcare, and leisure activities tailored to an older demographic.

In recent years, there has been a concerted effort to balance economic development with environmental preservation, ensuring that Beaufort County remains a sustainable and attractive community for both residents and visitors.

The county’s strategic location, rich cultural heritage, and commitment to responsible growth contribute to its status as a vibrant and desirable place to live, work, and explore.

Beaufort County Court Locations

Below is the contact information for the local courthouses in Beaufort County, as well as state courts.

Beaufort County Magistrate Court

104 Ribaut Road
PO Box 2207
Beaufort, SC 29902

Phone: 843-255-5700



  • The Honorable Richard A. Brooks
  • The Honorable Robert E. Ferguson, Jr.
  • The Honorable Jose A. Fuentes
  • The Honorable Thomas A. Holloway
  • The Honorable Charles R. Keep, III
  • The Honorable Drew A. Laughlin
  • The Honorable Angela M. McCall-Tanner
  • The Honorable Jean K. McCormick
  • The Honorable Bernard . McIntyre
  • The Honorable Nancy D. Sadler
  • The Honorable LaShonda G. Scott
  • The Honorable Erin G. Vaux

Beaufort County Probate Court

102 Rabat Road
Beaufort, SC 29902

Phone: 843-255-5850



  • Probate Judge Heather R. Galvin

Beaufort City Municipal Court

1901 Boundary St
Beaufort, SC 29902

Phone: 843-525-7036



  • Judge Mary Sharp
  • Judge Ralph Topper

Bluffton City Municipal Court

20 Bridge St
Bluffton, SC 29910

Phone: 843-706-4530



  • Judge Clifford Bush III, Chief Municipal Court Judge
  • Judge James Andrew Smith, Associate Municipal Judge

Hardeeville City Municipal Court

26 Martin St
Hardeeville, SC 29927

Phone: 843-784-3366



  • Judge Nancy Gutierrez

U.S. District Court of South Carolina

J. Waites Warring Judicial Center
83 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-579-1401



  • The Honorable David C. Norton – United States District Judge
  • The Honorable Richard M. Gergel – United States District Judge
  • The Honorable Bruce H. Hendricks – United States District Judge
  • The Honorable Margaret B. Seymour – Senior United States District Judge
  • The Honorable Mary Gordon Baker- United States Magistrate Judge
  • The Honorable Molly H. Cherry – United States Magistrate Judge

U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Calhoun Building
1220 Senate St
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-734-1890



  • Chief Judge H.Bruce Williams
  • Judge Paula H. Thomas
  • Judge Aphrodite K. Konduros
  • Judge John G. Geathers
  • Judge Stephanie P. McDonald
  • Judge Blake A. Hewitt
  • Judge Jerry D. Vinson, Jr.
  • Judge Letitia H. Verdin

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court
1231 Gervais St
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-734-1080



  • Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty
  • Justice John W. Kittredge
  • Justice John Cannon Few
  • Justice George C. James, Jr.
  • Justice D. Garrison Hill


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Beaufort County Law Enforcement & Other Agencies

Below is a list of local law enforcement and fire departments.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff P.J. Tanner

2001 Duke ST
Beaufort, SC 29902

Phone: 843-524-2777
Emergency: 911


Beaufort City Police Department

Chief Stephanie Price

1901 Boundary St
Suite 102
Beaufort, SC 29902

Phone: 843-322-7900
Emergency: 911


Bluffton City Police Department

Chief Joseph Babkiewicz

101 Progressive St
Bluffton, SC 29910

Phone: 843-706-4550
Emergency: 911


Hardeeville City Police Department

Chief Sam Woodward

26 Martin St
Hardeeville, SC 29927

Phone: 813-784-2233
Emergency: 911


Port Royal Fire Department

Fire Chief Tim Ogden

135 Rabat Rd
Beaufort, SC 29902

Phone: 843-525-7055
Emergency: 911


Bluffton Township Fire Department

Fire Chief Paul Boulware

357 Fording Island Rd
Bluffton, SC 29909

Phone: 843-757-2800
Emergency: 911


Hardeeville Fire Department

Fire Chief Steve Camp

30 Martin St
Hardeeville, SC 29927

Phone: 843-784-3229
Emergency: 911


Bluffton, SC coastline

Colleges & Universities in Beaufort County

Below is the list of local colleges and universities located in the county.

Cities & Towns in Beaufort County

Below is the list of cities, towns, and unincorporated communities within the county.


Unincorporated Communities

  • Brighton Beach
  • Dale
  • Frogmore
  • Lady’s Island
  • Lobeco
  • Parris Island
  • Pocotaligo
  • Pritchardville
  • Sheldon
  • Sun City
  • Seabrook


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