Town of South Congaree

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Municipal Court



THE SOUTH CONGAREE 
MUNICIPAL COURT 

Welcome to the South Congaree Municipal Court. The court is part of the integrated judicial system for South Carolina and serves as the judicial branch in the government of the Town of South Congaree. We are committed to administering justice in a fair, efficient and professional manner and to ensure that the rights of all persons are observed. With a focus on protecting those rights, privileges and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America and of the State of South Carolina, South Congaree Municipal Court will consistently and impartially interpret, apply and abide by applicable laws. We seek to continually enhance our court operations to promote confidence in our court. 


Municipal Court Information

The South Congaree Municipal Court is located at 119 West Berry Road, West Columbia, SC 29172. The Honorable Viola Boatwright serves as the Chief Judge and in a supervisory capacity over court staff. The Honorable Shirley Sons serves as Jury Trial Judge. As Clerk of Court, Pamela Shepard is responsible for administering the daily operations of the South Congaree Municipal Court. 


South Congaree Municipal Court schedules and adjudicates criminal, traffic and town ordinance violations that occur within the South Congaree Town limits. As a court of limited jurisdiction, the Court hears misdemeanor criminal cases and those cases that are subject to a fine of up to $500.00 (not including mandatory assessments and fees) and/or that are subject to a sentence not exceeding imprisonment of 30 days. South Congaree Municipal court may also hear cases that are remanded back from Lexington County General Sessions Courts if the associated fines and sentences do not exceed $5,500.00 or one year of imprisonment.


The Municipal Court Division provides:


  • Administrative support to the judicial arm of the court.
  • Case docketing
  • Case management
  • Alternative sentence monitoring
  • Court fines collection
  • Court fine and case load reporting

Municipal Court judges and staff ensure citizens and users of the court receive efficient, fair and impartial justice, regardless of individual circumstances and background, in order to protect each citizen’s right to due process under the laws of our country and state.


South Congaree Municipal Court conducts bench trials Wednesdays, twice a month, at 8:30 am.