Charleston County Magistrate Court launches pilot night court program

Charleston County Magistrate Court launches pilot night court program

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - In an effort to provide better access to court services, the North Area Magistrate Court 3 at 6185 Rivers Avenue, Suite E in North Charleston has started a pilot program in which the court will operate during night hours once a month, a news release states.

The North Area Magistrate Court is open from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month, in addition to their normal hours of 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Services during night court include traffic court, taking payments as well as allowing citizens to file civil complaints.

"The pilot program was launched in January and its duration is for six months, when it will be evaluated," the news release says.

According to the release, the McClellanville Magistrate Court, located at 10009 Highway 17 North in McClellanville is now also open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., in addition to Monday and Thursday 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

"We received requests from citizens regarding extending hours," said Chief Magistrate Ellen Steinberg. "We wanted to be responsive to the needs of the community."

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