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Restraining Orders

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December 8, 2020

In which county do I file for a permanent restraining order?

If you are filing in the General Sessions Court, you will be filing in the court that issues the criminal conviction so there is no question as to in which county you must file. If you file in the Court of Common Pleas, you must file in any of the following counties:

  1. the county where the respondent lives;
  2. the county where the criminal offense occurred; or
  3. the county where the you live but only if the respondent doesn’t live in the state or cannot be found.1

​1 S.C. Code §16-3-1920(B)