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Jury trials are scheduled Monday through Friday of a designated jury trial week.
The Appeals Process
Any person convicted of any offense by a municipal court may appeal the sentence to the Court of Common Pleas. (§14-25-95). The appellant must serve the notice of intention to appeal upon the municipal judge or the clerk of the municipal court within ten days of sentencing and state the grounds for his appeal.
Motion for a New Trial
If a defendant makes a motion for a new trial within ten (10) days as provided in § 22-3-1000, and the motion is denied, the time for appeal is extended to thirty days. § 22-3-1000 provides: "[A] motion for a new trial may not be heard unless made within ten days from the rendering of the judgment. The right of appeal from the judgment exists for thirty days after the rendering of the judgment." A judge's "order of restitution may be appealed within thirty days. The order of restitution may be appealed separately from an appeal, if any, relating to the conviction."
What is Pre–Trial Intervention?
Pre–Trial Intervention is a diversion program for first time non-violent criminal offenders. The program requires the participant to perform community service work, receive individual or group counseling, and pay restitution to the victim if applicable. If the participant successfully completes the program, the charge(s) will be dismissed and the participant is eligible to apply for an expungement of the charge(s). An individual may participate in the program only once.
You must receive a referral from this Court in order to apply. This will be filled out before you leave court on your scheduled court date. You will be given a deadline to apply to PTI.
Applying for Pre–Trial Intervention
Applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until Noon and 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. All applications must be made in person. You must present all of the items listed below at the time of application:
Picture Identification. You must present current picture identification. The following are acceptable forms of identification: driver’s license, driver’s permit, passport, state identification, school identification, or work identification.
Social Security Card. If you do not have your social security card, you will need to contact the Social Security Administration to apply for a new card. Please ask for a print out that will verify your name and social security number. The nearest Social Security Administration Offices are located at 319 Pelham Road in Greenville and 3420 Clemson Blvd. in Anderson. Office hours at both locations are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Warrant or Ticket. For charges in Magistrate or Municipal Court, you will need to contact the court for a copy of the warrant or ticket. For charges in General Sessions, you will need to notify the receptionist at the time of application that you do not have the ticket or the warrant. Your application can not be processed without a copy of the ticket or warrant. If you received a referral form from Magistrate or Municipal Court, you must present the referral form at the time of application.
Payment. A money order or cashier’s check in the amount of $100. Cash, personal checks or credit cards are not accepted.
Please the Office of the Solicitor, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit with any specific questions about this program.
Solicitor's Diversion Program
350 Halton Rd., Suite 301
Greenville, SC 29607