In addition to the Magistrate Court’s located in the Townships, there is also a Bond Court located at the Moss Justice Center inside of the York County Detention Center. The Bond Court is open for business 365 days a year for 24 hours a day and a Judge is on duty at all times.
Magistrates are county judges that are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor upon the advice and consent of the South Carolina Senate. Magistrates serve the county in which they are appointed and exercise county wide jurisdiction. York County is divided into five geographical areas called townships. There is one Judge for each of the townships. Magistrates preside over:
-Civil, criminal and traffic cases
-Consider petitions for restraining orders
-Issue search and arrest warrants and conduct bond hearings
The court handles various matters including the administration of decedents’ estates, the issuance of marriage licenses, the appointment of guardians and conservators, and involuntary commitments. It is headed by an elected probate judge who serves a four-year term.