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If you’re facing legal troubles with a Charleston County court, you can find an attorney and reconnect with the court next week thanks to a special opportunity called Get a Lawyer Week.

The event is open to Charleston County residents who are out on surety bonds or personal recognizance bonds. 

S.C. Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty authorized the event, which will take place under the guidance of Circuit Court Judge Deadra L. Jefferson.

“Defendants are required on condition of bond to appear in court when noticed, but

during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve increasingly seen defendants not show

up,” Jefferson said. “We are very aware that many of our fellow citizens

have had to relocate or have faced other hardships during this time. 

“We want to offer these defendants the opportunity to reconnect with the court, so that we can move their cases forward and ultimately resolve them, which will benefit all parties to the cases and the judicial system in general.”

Defendants unable to hire a lawyer must appear in person July 5-8 at Charleston County’s O.T. Wallace Building in Room 130 located at 101 Meeting St.. They will need to update their mailing address and apply for public defender representation. Screeners will be available then from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Defendants who currently have a lawyer or plan to hire one lawyer “should be able to avoid the issuance of a bench warrant if their lawyer has filed a notice of appearance with the Charleston County Clerk of Court’s Office by July 8, 2022.”

For more information on cases in Charleston County General Sessions Court, reach out to the County Clerk of Court’s office by phone (843) 958-5000 or in-person at 100 Broad St., Suite 106.

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