Judge Catherine Badgett

Chief Magistrate
P.O. Box 748
West Adams Street Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phone: (843) 726-7933  Fax:(843) 726-4191
Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Closed for Lunch: Noon-1 PM

There are approximately 319 magistrates in South Carolina, each serving the county for which he or she is appointed. They are appointed by the Governor upon the advice and consent of the Senate for four-year terms.

The Jasper County Magistrates’ Court is comprised of (2) full-time Magistrates and (3) part-time Magistrates. Magistrates have criminal trial jurisdiction over all offenses which are subject to the penalty of a fine not exceeding $500.00 or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both. In addition, magistrates may hear cases transferred from general sessions, the penalty for which does not exceed one-year imprisonment or a fine of $5,000, or both, upon petition by the solicitor and agreement by the defendant.
Magistrates have civil jurisdiction when the amount in controversy does not exceed $7,500. In addition, magistrates are responsible for setting bail, conducting preliminary hearings, and issuing arrest and search warrants. Unlike circuit courts and probate courts, magistrate courts are not courts of record. Proceedings in magistrate’s courts are summary.

There is a plethora of information contained on the State’s website regarding civil and criminal procedures in Magistrate’s Court. You may get to that site as follows: Type in your address bar www.sccourts.org, click on “Trial Courts”, click on “Magistrate’s Court” and you have a table on the left wherein the entries are broken down by civil and criminal. Many questions may be answered using this website.

To make online payments for traffic tickets click link Pay Traffic Ticket

The Jasper County Magistrate’s Court maintains several offices. The following is a list of the addresses, telephone numbers, and facsimile numbers for each of those offices.

Jasper County Magistrate’s Court
Post Office Box 748
967 West Adams Street
Ridgeland, South Carolina 29936

Jasper County Bond Court
Post Office Box 639
12008 North Jacob Smart Blvd.
Ridgeland, South Carolina 29936
(843) 726-7737 (telephone)
(843) 726-7745 (fax)

Jasper County Central Traffic Court
Post Office Box 166
967 West Adams Street
Ridgeland, South Carolina 29936
(843) 726-7717 (telephone)
(843) 726-3915 (fax)

Hardeeville Magistrate Court
21 Martin Street
P.O. Box 1169
Hardeeville, South Carolina 29927
(843) 784-2628 (telephone)
(843) 784-3245 (fax)