Court Department


Ensuring a safe and secure environment for judicial services and an unbiased climate for the Town’s citizens. Responsible for the adjudication and disposition of misdemeanor violations (i.e. criminal, traffic, ordinances violations) occurring within Jackson town limits.

Please Note: No cellphones are allowed inside the Court Center Complex.

Please secure your cellphone in your vehicle prior to entering the building.

Obligation to Pay
Once you plead “Guilty” or “No Contest”, have been found guilty or responsible for a violation, you have an obligation to pay your court fines on the date of sentencing unless other arrangements have been made as part of your sentence.
 Payment Due Dates

 All fines, fees, and restitution are due in full on the day of sentencing unless the sentencing Judge has found sufficient reason to allow fine payments to be made over time.  Failure to follow schedule time payments may result in the suspension of driver’s license (in traffic cases), the fine amount being deducted from an individual’s state tax refund or a bench warrant.

What Happens if I missed my court date for a traffic ticket?
If you did not appear for court and did not contact the officer prior to court, your case was heard and the judge found you guilty in your absence. You will need to pay the fine within 15 days of your court date or the process to suspend your driver’s license will begin. If your driver’s license is suspended for failing to pay a traffic ticket, you will be required to pay the fines at Jackson Municipal court and reinstatement fee at the South Carolina Highway Department.

The Jackson Municipal Court has the right pursuant to the South Carolina Setoff Debt Collection Act to collect any sum due and owed by the applicant through offset of the applicant’s state income tax refund. If Jackson Municipal Court chooses to pursue debts owed by the applicant through the Setoff Debt Collection Act, the applicant agrees to pay all fees and costs incurred through the setoff process, including fees charged by the Department of Revenue, the Municipal Association of South Carolina, and/or the Jackson Municipal Court. If Jackson Municipal Court chooses to pursue debts in a manner other than setoff, the applicant agrees to pay the costs and fees associated with the selected manner as well.

The municipal court participates in the Setoff Debt Program through the SC Department of Revenue by utilizing software provided by the Municipal Association of South Carolina.  The municipal court enters debts owed (outstanding court fines and fees) into the software and the Municipal Association compiles and forwards those to the Department of Revenue each December.  The debtor will receive a notification (to their last known address) of the intent to set off their tax refund if the debts are not paid.

The SC Department of Revenue (SCDOR) reduces the debtor’s state income tax refund (plus an additional $25 administrative fee charged by SCDOR).  The Municipal Association of SC returns the money to the participant by using the Setoff Debt software.  The debtor will receive a letter from the Department of Revenue as well as Jackson Municipal Court notifying them of the setoff.

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