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Mission of the Agency



The mission 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?

 
The 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.

South 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.