This site was designed to inform constituents in Richland and Kershaw Counties about the duties and function of the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and to provide a convenient location for constituents to find information related to the criminal justice process, as well as the programs and services we offer to the community.
Most people are familiar with the term “District Attorney” or “DA”. In South Carolina, the term “Solicitor” is used. The Solicitor is responsible for prosecuting criminal offenses. There are sixteen (16) elected Solicitors in South Carolina.
The Solicitor is elected for a four-year term and has offices provided by each county. There are sixteen (16) judicial circuits consisting of two (2) to five (5) counties. The Fifth Judicial Circuit serves Richland and Kershaw Counties.
In addition to the traditional methods of conviction and punishment, the Solicitor’s Office also administers administrative and diversion programs such as Pre-Trial Intervention, Juvenile Arbitration, Expungement, the Worthless Check program, as well as Drug Court and Veterans Court programs. These programs are alternatives to conviction and sentencing, and attempt to serve the same underlying policies of traditional criminal justice methods.
As the public prosecutor for this jurisdiction, Solicitor Johnson is charged with ensuring that individuals charged with crimes are prosecuted for those crimes wherein there is sufficient evidence to justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Our office is staffed by an outstanding team of assistant solicitors, investigators, victim advocates, and qualified personnel who work hard to ensure that criminals are punished for their crimes and to ensure the rights of all victims.