Magistrate's Court


In accordance with Chief Justice of South Carolina guidance, Magistrate Court in-person hearings, with the exception of jury trials, will resume the week of March 15th.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 803-283-3983.

For more information regarding COVID-19 and Lancaster County Operations, go online to

The mission of the Magistrate Court is to provide the citizens of Lancaster County with a fair and impartial Summary Court.  The four magistrates perform the following: 

  • Issue criminal arrest and search warrants
  • Conduct bail bond hearings twice daily at 9:30 and 2:30.
  • Conduct preliminary hearings for General Sessions level cases
  • Conduct jury trials for all magistrate level cases
  • Conduct criminal bench trials
  • Conduct traffic bench trials
  • Conduct civil bench trials
  • A magistrate may impose a fine of $ 500.00 plus assessments  and/or a jail sentence of up to a 30 days. The civil jurisdiction is $7500.00.

Click here for more detailed information on the different Divisions of Magistrate Court.

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.
  • No Cellphones allowed. 
  • No talking or disruptive behavior.

Violators may be held in contempt of court and subject to sanctions.

Disclaimer :

This is the official page of Lancaster County Centralized Magistrate Court.  Any other web page may not have accurate information.  

Contact Us

Physical Address:

761 Lancaster Bypass East
Lancaster, SC 29720
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Online Payment

Online Ticket Payment

Payments should be made no less than 24 hours before your scheduled court date and time. Your mandatory court appearance is still required for certain charges (see blue copy of ticket).

Presiding Magistrate Judges
Curtisha L. Mingo
Chief Magistrate

Fredrick A. Thomas
Associate Chief Magistrate

Van K. Richardson 

Douglas M. Vecchio 

Bond Court Information


9:30 am  AND 2:30 pm

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