Clerk of CourtClerk of Court

The Clerk of Court's (Circuit and Family Court) purpose is to provide all the services of the judicial system to the general public. Our goal is to ensure that our services are rendered in a timely and efficient manner.


A Message from the Clerk of Court

I would like to thank you for visiting the clerk of court's website. As your clerk of court, I am committed to providing you with the highest quality of customer service possible. Please know that my office door is always open to you. If I can assist you in anyway, I encourage you to call or visit the clerk's office. Once again, thank you for allowing me to serve you as your clerk of court.

-- Melanie Huggins-Ward

A Message from Judge Steven H. John

Judge John has requested that all Horry County Bar Lawyers please review Rule 40 SCRP which will be adhered to during his term of Chief Administrative Judge for Common Pleas Court, starting January 1, 2012. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Attorneys – Please take notice of the SC Supreme Court Administrative Order for Fast Track Jury Trials. The Court would hope that you would take advantage of that particular procedure.

By order of the South Carolina Supreme Court, dated May 1, 2013, and effective on that date, two changes were made to the SC rules of civil procedure and one change was made to the SC rules of criminal procedure that will affect the circuit courts.

Rule 4 (d)(9) was added to the SC rules of civil procedure, and it authorizes service of process to be made by a qualifying commercial delivery service and is similar to service by registered or certified mail. Rule 4(g), SCRCP, was amended to detail the proof required when a party serves process utilizing a commercial delivery service.

Rule 35 was added to the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure regarding computation of time. It is the same language as contained in Rule 6(a) of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, prior to the addition of this rule, the Rules of Criminal Procedure did not address the computation of time.

Amendment to the Code of Law

Regarding Public Records

'A person preparing or filing a document for recordation or filing in the official records may not include a social security, driver's license, state identification, passport, checking account, savings account, credit card, or debit card number, or personal identification (PIN) code, or passwords in the document, unless expressly required by law. An individual has a right to request a register of deeds or clerk of court to remove, from an image or copy of an official record placed on a publicly available Internet web site or on a publicly available Internet web site used by a register of deeds or clerk of court to display public records, any social security, driver's license, state identification, passport, checking account, savings account, credit card, or debit card number, or personal identification (PIN) code, or passwords contained in an official record. The request must be made in writing and delivered by mail, facsimile, or electronic transmission or in person, to the register of deeds or clerk of court. The request must specify the identification page number that contains the social security, driver's license, state identification, passport, checking account, savings account, credit card, debit card number, or personal identification (PIN) code, or passwords to be redacted. There is no fee for the redaction pursuant to request.'

South Carolina General Assembly Bill Number 453
Signed by the Governor April 2, 2008 with an effective date of December 31, 2008.

Functions

The Clerk of Court's (Circuit and Family Court) purpose is to provide all the services of the judicial system to the general public. Our goal is to ensure that our services are rendered in a timely and efficient manner. These are but not limited to the duties our office offers to you:

  • summonsing of jurors for civil and criminal court
  • filing of civil and family court documents
  • processing arrest warrants
  • passport applications
  • public defender applications
  • hawker's & peddler's applications
  • notary public registration
  • filing of bondsman license
  • collection and disbursement of child support and alimony
  • collection of general sessions fines and court costs
  • custodian of civil, criminal, and family court documents
  • preparation and maintenance of civil and family court dockets

Frequently Asked Questions

What documents are necessary to complete a passport application?
The processing of a new passport application has to be done in person. You need to bring with you your birth certificate, one 2x2 photo, and a pictured ID (copy of front and back of ID is required by the State Department). The application must be signed in the presence of a clerk. The fee is $110 for adults and $80 for children under 16. This must be in the form of a check, money order, or cashiers check payable to the US Department of State. In addition, the Clerk of Court charges a $25 fee which is payable in cash or money order made payable to the Horry County Clerk of Court. Please see attachments to passport application for procedures for expediting of passports.
Do I have to serve on jury duty?
Everyone is required to report for jury duty unless they are 65 years or older, have children under the age of seven and do not work outside of the home. Please complete the juror form whether you meet the disqualifications or not within two days of receiving and return in the self addressed envelope.
How can I get copies of court records?
You may come into the office and check any records that are public in our office. If needed, a clerk will assist you. Copies are $.25 cents a page and certified copies are $1.00 a page.
How can I verify if my child support or alimony has been paid?
We check child support and alimony payments by phone or in person from the hours of 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm on business days. You may inquire by calling 843-915-5081.
What payment methods are acceptable for paying child support or alimony?
Credit cards nor direct deposit are accepted. A personal check will be accepted unless you have had a returned check in the past. You may mail your child support payment to Family Court, PO Box 677, Conway, SC 29528. Please put your file number on your check, cashiers check, or money order. We also have a night deposit located at the Government & Justice Center on 1301 Second Avenue, Conway, SC 29528.
How do I change my mailing address on my child support check?
You may either come in or do it by fax. If you do it in person you must have a pictured ID. If you do it by fax, we need a copy of your driver's license along with your signature, which must be notarized. The fax number is 843-915-6081. This information will be verified if faxed.
Can I pay my fine or restitution by check?
Fine and restitution payments are only accepted in the form of cash, cashiers check, or money order.
How can I receive monies being held in trust for me?
Trust monies are released only by an order signed by a circuit court judge. No exceptions. Any inquires concerning this may be made to 843-915-6740.
How can I receive monies that I posted for someone's bond?
Bond monies are not released until the criminal case has been ended. The check is made payable to the party whose signature and address is on the bond paperwork. Any inquires may be made to 843-915-6740.
How can I get a Hawker's and Peddler's License?
You must have completed paperwork from the Planning and Zoning Department (843-915-5490) and present it to our office. Upon receiving signed paperwork from this office, our office will approve. The license fee (10 days or less) is $100.00

Juror Information

  • The State Election Commission provides our county with a list of potential jurors each year. The names are collected from voter's registration; driver's license and state issued identification cards. Jurors for each term are then selected through random computer selection. Notices are mailed approximately 20 days in advance of the term.
  • Jurors are to park in any available space around the judicial complex. Jurors are to report to the jury pool room located on the first floor.
  • Jurors are paid $15.00 per day for each day they appear at the courthouse. You are also paid 20.5 cents per mile to and from your home to the courthouse. Juror checks are usually mailed the first of the following week after service. An excuse is available for any juror at the Clerk of Court's office after your service has concluded. Unless it is a special term of court, jury duty usually lasts only one week.
  • It is up to each employer whether they pay you while you are on jury duty. You will need to check with your employer to what their policy is.
  • Please dress appropriately, no shorts, tank tops or flip-flops. Cellular phones and pagers are not allowed in the courtrooms. Please leave them in your vehicle. Also, please be advised that weapons of any type or any pointed objects are not allowed on the courthouse premises.
  • If you have any questions, please call 843-915-6743.

Passport Information

Passport fees

  • Books
    • Adults: $110.00 to the US State Dept plus $25.00 Clerk of Court's acceptance fee = $135.00
    • Minors: $80.00 to the US State Dept plus $25.00 Clerk of Court's acceptance fee = $105.00
  • Cards
    • Adults: $30.00 to the US State Dept plus the Clerk of Court’s acceptance fee of $25.00 = $55.00
    • Minors: $15.00 to the US State Dept plus the Clerk of Court’s acceptance fee of $25.00 = $40.00
    • Cards are valid only for sea and land travel.
  • If an applicant applies for the card and book at the same time there is only one $25.00 acceptance fee.
  • There is a $60 fee to the US State Dept to expedite the passport application process.

Department Well

Department Head
Melanie Huggins-Ward
Contact
Phone: (843) 915-5080
Fax: (843) 915-6081
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 677
Conway, SC 29528
Physical Address
1301 Second Ave
Conway, SC 29526
Office Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday

Other Locations

South Strand
Contact:
Phone: (843) 915-5082
Fax: (843) 915-6083
Physical Location:
9630 Scipio Lane
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

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