Types of Courts
City of Columbia Municipal Court conducts the following courts:
CRIMINAL COURT - Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m.
TRAFFIC COURT - Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 am and again at 1:00 p.m.
PRELIMINARY HEARINGS - Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m.
QUALITY OF LIFE COURT –Every other Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT –Every other Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m.
JURY TRIALS - Monday through Thursday every other week at 8:00 a.m. (approximately 24 4-day long terms annually)
JURY TRIAL ROOSTER MEETINGS – Every other Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. on opposite weeks of Jury Trials.
HOMELESS COURT – Every fourth Tuesday each month at 1:00 p.m. This court is held at Transitions Homeless Center located at 2025 Main Street, Columbia SC.
BOND COURT- Bond Court sessions are held every morning at 9:00 a.m. For cases that originates in that part of the City of Columbia located in Richland County are held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Bond Court cases that originate in that part of the City of Columbia located in Lexington County are held at the City of Columbia Municipal Court.
Divisions of the Court
Municipal Court Main Phone Number – 803-545-3150
There are 4 DIVISIONS within the Municipal Court.
ADMINISTRATION DIVISION is responsible for the overall operation of the Court. Contact at 803-545-3041
JUDICIAL DIVISION is responsible for scheduling cases and courtroom operations (court clerks).
Court Clerks - Contact at 803-545-3127
Jury Trials – Contact at 803-545-3169
VIOLATION DIVISION oversees the payments of criminal, traffic and uniform ordinance fines, the payment and posting of bonds, the issuance of arrest warrants, search warrants and bench warrants, and all statistical and financial reports.
Payment and Bonds - Contact at 803-545-3140
Warrants – Contact at 803-545-3166
JUDGES DIVISION is comprised of one chief administrative judge and ten municipal judges. Contact at 803-545-3128
Court Staff Policies
Court staff are allowed to:
- Explain and answer questions about how the court works.
- Provide you with the number of the local referral service, legal services program, and other services where you can get legal information.
- Give you general information about court rules, procedures, and practices.
- Provide court schedules and information on how to get a case scheduled.
- Provide you information from your case file.
- Provide you with court forms and instructions that are available.
- Usually answer questions about court deadlines.
Court staff are not allowed to:
- Tell you whether or not you should bring your case to court.
- Tell you what words to use in your court papers, however, they can check your papers for completeness.
- Tell you what to say in court.
- Give you an opinion about what will happen if you bring your case to court.
- Talk to the judge for you.
- Let you talk to the judge outside of court.
- Change an order signed by the judge or change a disposition/sentence by a judge.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Court staff may not know the answers to all questions about court rules, procedures, and practices and are strictly prohibited from providing any kind of legal advice. For additional information, please contact a lawyer or your local law library, or call South Carolina Lawyer Referral Service at 803-799-7100 (in Columbia)/ 800-868-2284 (outside of Columbia) or the Richland County Public Defender at (803) 765-2592.