The Beaufort County Magistrate is offering night court for traffic offenses in Beaufort and Bluffton starting next week.
In addition to regular daytime court schedules, Sheriff’s Office deputies will be scheduling traffic offenses to be heard weekly on Tuesdays nights in Beaufort and Thursday nights in Bluffton. In coordination with Beaufort County Chief Magistrate Lawrence McElynn, a magistrate will be on-site for the purposes of accepting guilty pleas for uncontested traffic tickets and conducting bench trials (trials before a judge) for contested traffic tickets.
These night courts will only be hearing traffic offenses; jury trials and criminal offenses will remain scheduled for day courts. This new schedule will provide residents and guests with options to appear before the court without having to take time off of work or interrupting other daily priorities.
Please see the below information for schedule and locations of night courts:
Tuesdays starting on August 1st – 7:00 p.m. at the Beaufort Magistrate Court located at 104 Ribaut Road in Beaufort.
Thursdays starting on August 3rd – 7:00 p.m. at the Bluffton Magistrate Court located on the second floor at 4819 Bluffton Parkway in Bluffton.