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Circuit Court
100 Broad St, #106
Charleston, SC 29401-2210 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 8:30AM-5PM EST
P: 843-958-5000
F: 843-958-5020
No credit cards accepted for record copies or searches, etc.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Small Claims, Juvenile, Eviction
Restricted Records: No adoption, juvenile, sealed or expunged records released
Edisto Island Magistrate Court (Closed)
See Ravenel Magistrate Court
F: n/a
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $7,500, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic, Ordinance
The court on Edisto Island is closed; jurisdiction and case files reside with the Ravenel Magistrate Court.
Magistrate Court-North Charleston 2
2145 Melbourne Ave, #100
North Charleston, SC 29405 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 8:30AM-1PM 2PM-5PM EST
P: 843-745-2215
F: 843-745-2334
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $7,500, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic, Ordinance
Access civil, judgment, criminal and traffic records at http://jcmsweb.charlestoncounty.org/publicindex/.
Small Claims Court - North
4045 Bridgeview Dr, 1st Fl, #B146
Charleston, SC 29405 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 843-202-6650
F: 843-202-6652
Jurisdiction: Small Claims
Ravenel/Adams Run Area Magistrate Court
5962 Hwy 165, #200
Ravenel, SC 29470-5514 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 8:30AM-12:30PM 1:30PM-4:30PM EST
P: 843-889-8332
F: 843-760-6887
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $7,500, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic, Ordinance
Holds case files for closed court on Edisto Is. Access civil, judgment, criminal, traffic recs at http://jcmsweb.charlestoncounty.org/publicindex/.
McClellanville Magistrate Court
10009 Hwy 17 N
McClellanville, SC 29458 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 9AM-N 1PM-5PM M & TH EST
P: 843-887-3334
F: 843-887-3901
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $7,500, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic, Ordinance
Access civil, judgment, criminal and traffic records at http://jcmsweb.charlestoncounty.org/publicindex/.
Charleston Magistrate Court
995 Morrison Dr
PO Box 941
Charleston, SC 29403 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 8:30AM-N 1PM-4:30PM EST
P: 843-724-6719
F: 843-724-6785
Jurisdiction: Small Claims, Evictions
Access civil, judgment, criminal and traffic records at http://jcmsweb.charlestoncounty.org/publicindex/.
East Cooper Magistrate Court
1189 Sweetgrass Basket Pky, #300
PO Box 584
Mt Pleasant, SC 29466 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 843-856-1205
F: 843-856-1188
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $7,500, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic, Ordinance
Access civil, judgment, criminal and traffic records at http://jcmsweb.charlestoncounty.org/publicindex/. Mailing address is PO Box 584, ZIP 29422
West Ashley Magistrate Court
1720 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Unit 11
Charleston, SC 29407 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM M-F EST
P: 843-766-6531
F: 843-571-4751
Jurisdiction: Civil Actions under $7,500, Eviction
Access civil, judgment, criminal and traffic records at http://jcmsweb.charlestoncounty.org/publicindex/. Also, free court records are found at http://jcmsweb.charlestoncounty.org/publicindex/.
Johns Island/Wadmalaw Magistrate Court
1527 Main Rd, #100
Johns Island, SC 29455 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 8:30AM-12:30PM, 1:30-4:30PM EST
P: 843-559-1218
F: 843-559-2378
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $7,500, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic, Ordinance
Access civil, judgment, criminal and traffic records at http://jcmsweb.charlestoncounty.org/publicindex/.
James Island Magistrate Court
615 Riverland Dr
James Island, SC 29412 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 8:30AM-12:30PM 1:30-4:30PM M-TH EST
P: 843-795-1140
F: 843-406-2753
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $7,500, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic, Ordinance
Access civil, judgment, criminal and traffic records at http://jcmsweb.charlestoncounty.org/publicindex/.
Magistrate Court- North Area 1
4045 Bridge View Dr, 1st Fl, #B125
North Charleston, SC 29405 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 843-202-6610
F: 843-202-6620
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $7,500, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic, Ordinance
Access civil, judgment, criminal and traffic records at http://jcmsweb.charlestoncounty.org/publicindex/.
Magistrate Court - North Area 3
7272 Cross County Rd
North Charleston, SC 29418 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 8:30AM-N 1PM-4:30PM EST
P: 843-572-0013
F: 843-553-4003
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $7,500, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic, Ordinance
Access civil, judgment, criminal and traffic records a thttp://jcmsweb.charlestoncounty.org/publicindex/.
Probate Court
84 Broad St, 3rd Fl
Charleston, SC 29401 www.charlestoncounty.org/departme...
Hours: 8:30AM-5PM EST
P: 843-958-5030, 958-5180
F: 843-958-5044
Jurisdiction: Probate, Marriage, Guardianship
Access to Estate and Wills records from 1983 forward is available free at http://www3.charlestoncounty.org/surfer/group2?urlt=0.630236721359671&ref=Conserv. The marriage license division is at 958-5180.

Charleston County, SC Vital Records

Contact the Charleston County Office of the Register Mense Conveyances if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Charleston County
Register Mense Conveyances
101 Meeting St, Rm 200
O.T. Wallace County Office Bldg
Charleston, SC 29401
www.charlestoncounty.org/Departme...
8:30AM-5PM EST
Phone: 843-958-4800
Fax: 843-958-4803
Recorded Documents

Official Charleston County Vital Certificates

Charleston County Vital Certificates

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Charleston County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 918.51 sq mi
Population (2009): 355,276
  • Females: 51.7%
  • White: 66.3%
  • Black/African American: 30.5%
  • Asian: 1.6%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 4.1%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 62.9%
Population Change (2000-2009): 45,177
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 3.6%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 6.4%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 15.4%
High School Graduates (2000): 81.5%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 30.7%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.42
Housing Units (2000): 141,031
Homeownership Rate (2000): 61.0%
Migration Flow to Charleston County, SC from (2007-2008):

Charleston County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $12,722,020
  • Construction: $890,891
  • Retail Trade: $989,898
  • Professional and Technical Services: $1,295,603
  • Healthcare: $1,216,162
  • Banking: $647,967
  • Retail Trade: $989,898
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $616,267
  • Manufacturing: $796,719
  • Farms: $-409
  • Government: $3,425,487
Employed (2000): 142,550
Unemployed (2000): 9,018
Unemployment Rate (2009): 9.1%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $38,702
Local Government Employment (2007): 15,850
Local Government Revenue (2007): $1,009,419 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $1,422,312 (thou. dol.)

Charleston County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 5,177
  • Per 1,000 population: 15.0
Deaths (2007): 2,862
  • Per 1,000 population: 8.3
Infant Deaths (2007): 59
  • Per 1,000 population: 11.4

Charleston County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 2,975
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 32
  • Forcible rape: 179
  • Robbery: 954
  • Aggravated Assault: 1,810
Property Crimes (2008): 15,432
  • Burglary: 2,914
  • Larceny-Theft: 10,892
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 1,626

Charleston County Genealogy Records