Florence County is the hub of business, medical and travel activity in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina. Along with this, comes increased crime, traffic violations and civil actions. To handle these cases, Florence County has ten Magistrates located in seven offices about the county. Since the greatest case load is in Florence, there are two full-time and two part-time Magistrates who work in this office along with a large support staff and constables. Lake City and the jail at Effingham also have full-time Magistrates while Olanta, Pamplico, Timmonsville and Johnsonville have part-time Magistrates and two Magistrates only work weekend bond duty at the jail.

Florence Magistrate

Judge Jerry F. Rivers
Judge Pete Becker

180 N. Irby Street (MSC-W)
Florence, SC 29501

Office: (843) 665-0031 or (843) 661-7001
Fax: (843) 661-7800
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Effingham Magistrate

Judge Belinda Timmons
Judge Frank White
Judge Tommy Mourounas

6719 Friendfield Road
Effingham, SC 29541

Office: (843) 665-6690 or (843) 665-9091
Fax: (843) 629-9970
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Lake City Magistrate

Judge Dominic Owens

345 Ron McNair Boulevard
P.O. BOX 39
Lake City, SC 29560

Office: (843) 394-5461 or (843) 669-3915
Fax: (843) 394-3865
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Timmonsville Magistrate

Judge James Beard Jr.

307 E Smith Street
P.O. Box 190
Timmonsville, SC 29161

Office: (843) 346-7472 or (843) 346-5852
Fax: (843) 346-0660
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm
Closed Friday

Johnsonville Magistrate

111 West Broadway St.
P.O. Box 904
Johnsonville, SC 29555

Office: (843) 380-9211
Fax: (843) 380-9411
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30am-4:30pm
Closed Thursday
Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Olanta Magistrate

Judge David S. Kelley

220 East Main Street
P.O. Box 362
Olanta, SC 29114-0362
Office: (843) 396-9056
Fax: (843) 396-9406
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday 8:30am-4:30pm,
Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm
Closed Monday & Friday

Pamplico Magistrate

Judge Kimberly Cox

P.O. Box 367
124 E Third Ave
Pamplico, SC 29583
Office: (843) 493-0072
Fax: (843) 493-5391
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm
Closed Friday

Helpful Information

The Pee Dee Coalition

The Pee Dee Coalition (Alternatives to Violence) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of rape, family violence, and child molestation and the needs of its victims.

24 Hour Hot Line 800-273-1820
Crisis Line 843-669-4600

Victim Advocate

Hot Line 843-394-856
Business Line 843-669-4694


The South Carolina Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program is a statewide education and treatment program for convicted DUIs and other drugs and alcohol problems. The Florence office is located at Circle Park Behavioral Health Services.

Find a Lawyer

For assistance finding a lawyer contact the South Carolina Bar Association at 800-868-2284.