of the South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination is to enhance the
professionalism and effectiveness of South Carolina’s Solicitors and their
staff. We do this by providing legal
education and publications, providing technical assistance, coordinating with
other state, local, and federal agencies involved in the criminal justice
system, providing administrative functions for the solicitors at the state
level, as well as being a resource for the general assembly on a range of issues.
What is a Solicitor and
what do they do?
solicitor is the elected official who is responsible for prosecuting criminal
cases in South Carolina. In many states,
this same position is referred to as the district attorney. The Solicitor ensures prosecutions are
processed by organizing an orderly, efficient flow of cases, assigning cases to
attorneys, advising attorneys on the cases assigned, monitoring the status of
pending cases and supervising personnel.
There are 16
judicial circuits in South Carolina and each circuit has its own solicitor. The circuits consist of two to five
counties. The Office of Solicitor is a
constitutional office and each solicitor is elected by the voters within the
circuit for a term of four years.
Carolina’s solicitors also administer administrative and diversion programs
such as Pre-Trial Intervention, Alcohol Education, Traffic Education, Juvenile
Arbitration, Drug Court and the Worthless Check program. These programs are alternatives to the
traditional court process and are very effective in helping individuals to get
on the right track.