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If your fine is paid prior to your court date you do not need to come to court, however, it is still your right to come before the judge if you would like.
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A payment can be received by mail. Municipal Court accepts credit cards, cashier checks, cash, money orders, or local personal checks. Payments are receipted on the day payment is received. If you mail your payment, make sure you allow between 5 to 7 working days for it to be received. No personal checks will be accepted if payment is made after the court date.
Request for continuances must be in writing and received by the Town of Bluffton Municipal Court at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled court date. Requests should include a copy of your speeding ticket or ticket number, name, current mailing address, and the reason for the continuance.
You may hand deliver, fax, mail or email your requests to the Town of Bluffton Municipal Court at:20 Bridge StreetBluffton, SC 29910Fax: 843-706-4503Email the CourtMailing Address:Town of Bluffton Municipal CourtP.O. Box 386Bluffton, SC 29910
In order to request a Courtesy Summons, you must first file a police report at the Bluffton Police Department located at 101 Progressive Street, Bluffton, SC 29910. You will be provided with a case number that you will need to bring with you when you schedule an appointment to have your warrant sworn out with the Municipal Court Judge.
Only a South Carolina resident may request a payment plan. All requests for payment plans must originate with the defendant on the scheduled court date. A default in payment will result in a Bench Warrant.
Request for a jury trial must be received in writing prior to your scheduled court date. A jury trial request form must be completed by the defendant and/or representing attorney. The defendant will be notified via U.S. Postal Service when the case has been scheduled.
A request for a certified copy of a disposition can be made by submitting a letter to Bluffton Municipal Court. The defendant will need to include:
For further information regarding a case, please visit the Beaufort County Public Index and select Summary Court.
A Notice of Appeal must be delivered to the Beaufort County Clerk of Court's office located in Beaufort within 10 days of the disposition. According to Section 14-25-95, Appeals to Court of Common Pleas; procedures and time limits. Any party shall have the right to appeal from the sentence or judgment of the Municipal Court to the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the trial is held. Notice of the intention to appeal, setting forth the grounds for appeal, must be given in writing and served on the municipal judge of the clerk of the municipal court within ten days after sentence is passed or judgment rendered, or the appeal is considered waived. The party appealing shall enter into a bond, payable to the municipality, to appear and defend the appeal at the next term of the Court of Common Pleas or shall pay the fine assessed.
Proof of insurance can be provided any time prior to your court date. Please bring your insurance card that states the effective and expiration dates. Please note, the effective date must coincide with the violation date, otherwise proof will be unacceptable for dismissal from the Court.
If payments are received after the court date and the appropriate fine amount is not enclosed, the payment will be returned to the defendant using the address indicated on the mailed envelope with a letter enclosed as to why your payment was returned.
A receipt will be sent to the defendant once payment has been posted to the defendant's case. It is the defendants responsibility to make sure that the court has the correct address on file.