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Where is the City of Columbia Municipal Court located? 811 Washington Street, Columbia, SC 29201 near the intersection of Washington and Lincoln Streets.
What is the City of Columbia Municipal Court's mailing address? P.O. Box 644, Columbia, SC 29202
What are the City of Columbia Municipal Court's hours? To pay a traffic, criminal or uniform ordinance summons fine, file motions or other documents, request a jury trial or post bond: 7:30 am until 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and 7:30 am until 8:30 am on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. The Municipal Court no longer accepts payments on parking tickets.
To attend court, meet with a court clerk or conduct other business with staff: 7:45 am until 3:30 pm.
Where do I pay my fine? Payments can be made online at http://www5.rcgov.us/SCJDWEB/OnlinePayments You must provide your last name and your ticket number and pay by credit card to make payments online. Payment can be made in person at the Municipal Court, 811 Washington Street, Columbia, South Carolina. Access to the Violations Division is through a door located in the courthouse breezeway or through the drive-thru window.

Where and when does the City of Columbia Municipal Court hold bond court?
City of Columbia Municipal Judges hold bond court on cases originating in that part of the City of Columbia in Richland County at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center located at 201 John Mark Dial Drive, Columbia, SC 29209. Bond Court is held as follows: Monday through Thursday - 9:00 am and 4:00 pm; Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays - 9:00 am and 1:00 pm

City of Columbia Municipal Court judges hold bond court on cases originating in that part of the City of Columbia in Lexington County at the Municipal Court, 811 Washington Street, Columbia, SC on Monday through Friday at 9:00 am and 1:30 pm and on Saturday, Sunday and holidays at 8:30 am.

Where do you hold Preliminary Hearings? 811 Washington Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201.

What forms of payment does the City of Columbia Municipal Court accept for current fines? Cash, money orders, cashier checks, personal checks and credit and debit cards. The City of Columbia Municipal Court does not accept personal checks or credit/debit cards in cases where the defendant's privilege to drive in South Carolina is suspended.

What forms of payment does the City of Columbia Municipal Court accept for payment of bonds? The City of Columbia Municipal Court accepts cash, money orders and cashier checks for payment of bonds. Properly licensed and registered bondsmen may post surety bonds in the Court's Violations Division.

Do you take credit/debit cards? Yes, we take credit/debit cards for current fines. Fees of 1.7% of the total fine plus $1.00 are assessed on all credit/debit card transactions. We do not accept credit/debit cards for payment of fines after a bench warrant has been issued. Credit cards can be used online to make payments through the following link: http://www5.rcgov.us/SCJDWEB/OnlinePayments You will be asked to provide your name and ticket number in addition to your credit card information.
Where can I park to attend court? The City's Lincoln Street parking garage is located directly across Washington Street from the courthouse (click here for a map of downtown parking garages). The first hour of parking in the garage is free. In addition to the garage, metered parking places are located along Washington, Gadsden and Lincoln Streets. The Court cannot excuse parking tickets received while attending court or conducting business at the courthouse.
Where do I park for jury duty? Parking for jurors is provided in the Lincoln Street garage located directly across the street from the courthouse. Please present your parking access card to a court officer when you enter the courthouse.
Where can I find information about the City of Columbia Municipal Court's docket or my case? The City of Columbia Municipal Court's dockets can be found on Richland County's webpage under Public Index. See http://www4.rcgov.us/PublicIndex/Default.aspx. Choose Summary Court.
 
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