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 Sessions

Court sessions are held every Tuesday beginning promptly at 9 am and 2 pm

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the resulting concern for the health and safety of the public and court employees, there will be no public access to Municipal Court until further notice. 

All Court Proceedings will be via video conferencing and In Person Session will be held outside of Council Chambers. If you choose to appear in person we encourage you to wear a facial covering and to please social distance. 


  • 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.