Clerk of Court
Each county has a popularly elected Clerk of Court who serves a four-year term. The Clerk's Office is responsible for a wide variety of activities and duties governed by state law under the supervision of the SC Judicial Department, Court Administration.
The Clerk 's Office supports the work of the Court of General Sessions (criminal court), Court of Common Pleas (civil court) and the Family Court*. For example, lawyers must file all pleadings and motions with the Clerk's Office. Judges rely on the Clerk of Court to provide them with all these documents and filings for the cases that they hear. In General Sessions (criminal) and Common Pleas (civil) Court, the Clerk's office provides information and assistance to prospective jurors and active juries. Examples of other duties include: receiving criminal warrants and transmission of them to the Solicitor; receiving bail; compiling trial lists; managing dockets of cases to be heard; staffing the courtroom while the court is in session; receiving fees, fines and costs; maintaining all court records; and submitting reports to a variety of state and federal agencies.
Among the Clerk's duties in Family Court are: issuing Rules to Show Cause in cases where court orders have not been followed, and filing of Orders of Protection and transmittal of these orders to the appropriate local law enforcement agencies. The Clerk also collects and disburses court-ordered child support payments.
Online Family Court Support Payments
Family Court support payments (Child Support / Alimony) can now be made online using a credit/debit card! Support payments can be made from any computer through the Internet.
IDENTITY THEFT ALERT!!!
JURY DUTY SCAM
The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He says you failed to report for jury duty and a warrant is out for your arrest. You say you never received a notice. To clear it up, the caller says he'll need some information for "verification purposes"-your birth date, social security number, maybe even a credit card number.This is when you should hang up the phone. It's a scam.
Read about this scam (and others) at the FBI website: http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm