Municipal Court

The Municipal Court is responsible for ensuring a safe and secure environment for judicial services and an unbiased climate for the Town’s citizens. They are also responsible for the adjudication and disposition of misdemeanor violations (i.e. criminal, traffic, ordinances, parking violations) occurring within Bluffton Town limits.

Court Rules

Please Note: No cellphones are allowed inside the Court Center Complex. Please secure your cellphone in your vehicle prior to entering the building.

Court Sessions

Court sessions are held every Tuesday beginning promptly at 9 am and 2 pm. Payments are not accepted after 5 pm. Monday through Thursday and after 12:30 pm on Friday.


  • Judge Clifford Bush III, Chief Municipal Court Judge
  • Marshall Horton, Associate Municipal Court Judge
  • Africa Aiken, Ministerial Recorder

Right to Counsel

Any person charged with an offense that carries the possibility of a sentence of incarceration can apply for the services of a Public Defender. Services for Indigent Defense is provided by the 14th Circuit Public Defender’s Office, Attorney David Bartholomew (843)255-5824. If you wish to apply for the services of the Public Defender please pick up an application from Bluffton Municipal Court 20 Bridge Street Bluffton SC. Please return the completed form to the Beaufort County Clerk of Court, 102 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902.