Contact Information


R. Craig Threatt, Chief Magistrate 

Courthouse Annex

1234 North Street

Post Office Box 187
Bamberg, South Carolina 29003
Phone: (803) 245-3016
Fax: (803) 245-3085


Department Functions

There is one Magistrate Court in Bamberg County with one full time and one part time judge. Generally, Magistrates have criminal jurisdiction over offenses punishable by up to $500 fines and 30 days in jail. Magistrates also have civil jurisdiction over cases involving damages of $7500 and below.


All Magistrates are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, to serve four year terms. South Carolina Court Administration provides administrative support to the Magistrate Courts.


Jury Trials/Jury Duty

All defendants have a right to a jury trial when requested. One must direct a jury trial request to the Magistrate that is scheduled to hear the case. Each court has a scheduled time to conduct jury trials and will contact all parties involved as to the date and time of their jury selection and trial.


Courtroom Appearance

Children are not allowed in court unless they are old enough to sit still and be quiet. You must wear shirt and shoes in the courtroom. No shorts above the knee. No Cell Phones or radios are allowed.

Related Link: SC Judicial Department

The Court does not accept payments after 4:30 p.m.

Bond Hearings are scheduled daily at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.


Bamberg County Clerk of Court is adjusting operations until further notice. Citizens must have a mask when entering the Bamberg County Courthouse.
Registrar of Deeds - appointments must be set in advance to
 abstract or search records, or file paperwork, please call 803-245-3025, ext 2107, to make an appointment.

Family Court- please call 803-245-3025 before coming to the office so that paperwork can be prepared in advance to cut down on the wait time.

Bamberg County Probate Court offices remain open to telephone, fax, and email communication. Please call 803-245-3008 Ext. 2111 or 803-707-1301  for assistance. Due to continuing concerns related to Covid-19, the public is urged to use means other than in-person contact.

Bamberg County DSS/DHHS is closed to in-office visitors until further notice. Employees are still in the office and can assist via phone (803) 245-4363 or email
Bamberg County Detention Center is suspending all visitation to inmates until further notice. Any questions should be directed to the Bamberg County Detention Center at 803-245-3020. 
Bamberg County General Sessions and Family Court are canceled until further notice. Jurors do not need to report to court. 
The Bamberg County Office on Aging is no longer providing meals at their location on Log Branch Road in Bamberg. All meals will be delivered to homes with appropriate safety measures. The senior center is closed to the public but medical transportation is still available. Please call 803-245-3021 for more information.
These changes are to ensure public and staff safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. The public is encouraged to call, email, or use the drive-through Treasurer's window, or online services via the Bamberg County website ( rather than attend offices in-person, whenever possible and practical. For more information, email or call 803-245-5191, or check the COVID-19 webpage on this site: