All in-person hearings through the Town of Summerville Municipal Court are suspended effective Monday, January 11, 2021, until further notice. The order was made by South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty out of an abundance of caution in helping to reduce risk of exposure to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Bond hearings and emergency hearings will continue. Traffic and criminal cases will be rescheduled once the order is lifted.
The Town of Summerville Municipal Court has created a general email for any proof of listed citations to be submitted for consideration during the time court is closed to the public. The public may submit proof to firstname.lastname@example.org as advised by a Summerville police officer. The received information will be forwarded to the charging officer. Once Municipal Court receives approval from the officer, a return email will be sent to advise those with citations of what further steps need to be taken.
Please include the following in your email to the court along with your proof of compliance:
- Citation number (also include a photo or scanned copy of your citation if possible)
- Legal name (as appears on your driver’s license)
- Return email address (if it is different than the email address used to provide the information)
Those who need assistance can contact Summerville Municipal Court at (843) 875-2010 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Welcome to Summerville Municipal Court. This court is part of the integrated judicial system for South Carolina and serves as the judicial system for the Town of Summerville. This court handles traffic and criminal misdemeanor violations and town ordinance and environmental code violations. Our goals are to:
- Treat all persons equally and fairly, in accordance with the laws and administrative authority given by the South Carolina Supreme Court
- Promote public trust and confidence in our court
We strive to be as efficient as possible through the use of technology and to continually enhance our operational practices based on benchmarks and industry best practices.
Dorchester County maintains all records for Summerville Municipal Court cases. You can search the records by browsing to and selecting Summary Court. Summary Court records from 1988 to present are available online.
Court is held every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. It is also held on the 1st and 2nd Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. and the 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m.
- Jury trials are held on the 1st Friday at 9 a.m.
- Domestic Violence Court is held the 2nd Friday of every month at 1:30 p.m.
- Bond hearings are held daily at 10 a.m
Not allowed in the courtroom:
- Activated pagers or cell phones
- Concealed weapons
- Disruptive children
- Food or drinks
- Hats or improper attire
- Talking during the proceedings