Public Defender, Third Circuit

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   Jack D. Howle, Jr.
   Third Circuit Chief
   Public Defender

Sumter County Judicial Center
215 N Harvin St, Room 151
PO Box 98
Sumter, SC 29150

Phone: 803-774-6137

Fax: 803-436-2423
 

Email the 3rd Circuit
Public Defender Office


Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday

  8:30 - 5:00

Located 1st Floor
Judicial Center


South Carolina's public defender system is based on the state's 16 judicial circuits. Each judicial circuit has a Circuit Public Defender who has full responsibility for the administration of public defender services in each of the counties within the circuit. Circuit Public Defenders are appointed to the position for four year terms by the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense upon nomination to the position by a Selection Panel consisting of attorneys representing each of the counties within the circuit. Circuit Public Defenders are employees of the State of South Carolina. Funding for each circuit comes from the State of South Carolina and from each of the counties within a circuit. The circuit public defender system replaced a system of non-profit defender corporations with the passage of the South Carolina Indigent Defense Act of 2007.


General Information

The Third Judicial Circuit includes, Clarendon, Lee, Sumter & Williamsburg Counties.  The Third Circuit Public Defender Office, a strictly administrative office is located in the Administering County of Sumter and can be contacted using the information above. Many aspects of representation throughout the Third Circuit are not uniform and specific information can be obtained for each individual county by clicking on the County links below.

In order to be represented by a Public Defender you must complete an Application for Counsel; this application will allow you to list the appropriate financial information required to determine if you are considered “indigent” by the Federal Government. Application processing and location varies by County so please review the procedures outlined under the County link (listed below) where you were charged to apply.

All public defender offices within the Third Circuit have strict privacy policies and will only speak with Defendants directly. We do understand that at times family members or friends would like to know the current status of a case or charge; however, the Defendants are always kept informed and can pass this information along at their discretion. If available, public information regarding both General Session cases and Magistrate/Summary Court cases can be viewed via the SC Judicial Department’s Case Records search by clicking on this link. http://www.sccourts.org/caseSearch/


3rd Circuit Public Defenders Office Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

3rd Circuit County Specific Public Defender Information

 

 

 


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Clarendon County Public Defender representation is available for individuals charged with crimes in the General Session Court and for Juveniles charged with crimes in the Family Court.

 To complete an application for Counsel regarding General Session charges please go to the Clerk of Court’s Office located in the Clarendon County Courthouse at 3 Keitt Street, Manning, SC. Due along with your application is a $40.00 application fee; this fee is required by state law and is non-refundable.   

To complete an application for Counsel regarding Juvenile charges in Family Court, please go to the Family Court located in the Clarendon County Judicial Center 102 South Mill Street, Manning, SC. This application requires information from the Juveniles Parent or Guardian, as well as a $40.00 application fee; this fee is required by state law and is non-refundable.

Clarendon Co. Public Defender(s)

Scott Robinson – Asst. Public Defender
16B North Brooks Street.
Post Office Box 339
Manning, South Carolina 29102
Phone- 803-433-0188
Fax 803-433-0192

L. King Cutter – Asst. Public Defender
16B North Brooks Street.
Post Office Box 339
Manning, South Carolina 29102
Phone- 803-433-0188
Fax 803-433-0192

 


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Lee County Public Defender representation is available for individuals charged with crimes in the Magistrate Court of CDV 1st and DUI 1st , General Session Court and for Juveniles charged with crimes in the Family Court.

To complete an application for Counsel in Lee County please go to the Clerk of Court’s Office located in the Lee County Courthouse at Courthouse Square, Bishopville, SC. Due along with your application is a $40.00 application fee; this fee is required by state law and is non-refundable. 

Please note that Juvenile Applications require information from the Juveniles Parent or Guardian as well.

 
Lee Co. Public Defender(s)

Scott Robinson – Asst. Public Defender
16B N. Brooks Street
Post Office Box 339
Manning, South Carolina 29102
Phone- 803-483-0417
Fax 803-433-0192

L. King Cutter – Asst. Public Defender
16B N. Brooks Street
Post Office Box 339
Manning, South Carolina 29102
Phone- 803-483-0417
Fax 803-433-0192

 


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Sumter County Public Defender representation is available for individuals charged with crimes in the Magistrate Court of CDV 1st and DUI 1st , General Session Court and for Juveniles charged with crimes in the Family Court. As of, October 10, 2012 Public Defender repersentation is no longer available in municipal (city) Court.

To complete an application for Counsel in General Session Court or for a Juvenile Charge in the Family Court of Sumter County please go to the Sumter County Public Defender’s Office located in the Sumter County Judicial Center at 215 N. Harvin Street, Rm # 151, Sumter, SC. Due along with all application is a $40.00 application fee; this fee is required by state law and is non-refundable

Please note that Juvenile Applications require information from the Juveniles Parent or Guardian as well.

Sumter Co. Public Defender(s)

Jacob Smith, Asst. Public Defender
Sumter County Judicial Center
215 North Harvin St, RM 151
Sumter, South Carolina 29150
(803) 436-2424

Stephen Story, Asst. Public Defender
Sumter County Judicial Center
215 North Harvin St, RM 151
Sumter, South Carolina 29150
(803) 436-2424

S. Elaine Cooke, Asst. Public Defender
Sumter County Judicial Center
215 North Harvin St, RM 151
Sumter, South Carolina 29150
(803) 436-2424

Tiffany Butler, Asst. Public Defender
Sumter County Judicial Center
215 North Harvin St, RM 151
Sumter, South Carolina 29150
(803) 436-2424

Julie M. Richard, Asst. Public Defender
Sumter County Judicial Center
215 North Harvin St, RM 151
Sumter, South Carolina 29150
(803) 436-2424

Calvin K. Hastie, Sr., Mag. Court & Juvenile Asst. Public Defender
Hastie Law Firm
7 East Hampton Avenue
Sumter, South Carolina 29150
(803)774-7776

Timothy W. Murphy, Chief Public Defender
Kolb & Murphy Law Office
107 North Main Street
Sumter, South Carolina 29150
(803) 418-0800


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Williamsburg County Public Defender representation is available for individuals charged with crimes in the Magistrate Court of CDV 1st and DUI 1st , General Session Court and for Juveniles charged with crimes in the Family Court.

To complete an application for Counsel in Williamsburg County please go to the Clerk of Court’s Office located in the Williamsburg County Courthouse at 125 West Main Street, Kingstree, SC. Due along with your application is a $40.00 application fee; this fee is required by state law and is non-refundable.

Please note that Juvenile Applications require information from the Juveniles Parent or Guardian as well.

Williamsburg Public Defender(s)

M. Amanda H. Shuler
112 W. Main St.
PO Box 980
Kingstree, SC 29666
(843) 355-2800

Doward K. Harvin, Asst. Public Defender
The Law Office of Doward K. Harvin, LLC
Post Office Box 520
Hemmingway, SC 29554
(843) 558-9000


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