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.


At the September 14, 2020 County Council meeting, Bamberg County Council passed an Emergency Ordinance requiring face coverings (masks) in retail and dining establishments in the unincorporated areas of the county effective as a 60-day extension of Emergency Ordinance 2020-04. Please click to read the entire ordinance.

There are changes 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: