The purpose or mission of the Public Defender System is to provide quality legal representation to individuals accused of crimes in the State of SC when those persons cannot afford an attorney because of their economic status. The First Circuit Public Defender is responsible to provide representation to such individuals in the First Judicial Circuit. This includes Calhoun, Dorchester and Orangeburg Counties.

County Information

Calhoun County, SC

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Calhoun county was formed in 1908 from portions of Lexington and Orangeburg counties. It consists of Cameron, Creston, Fort Motte, Lone Star, St. Matthews, and Sandy Run. It is part of the Columbia, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of around 15,000 people.

Related links:

Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
A Brief History of Calhoun County
Wikipedia

Dorchester County

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Dorchester county is part of the Charleston-North-Charleston-Summerville, Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of about 112,000 people. Cities and towns in this county include Harleyville, North Charleston, Reevesville, St. George, Summerville, and Ladson.

Related links:

Dorchester County Online
Summerville, SC
Dorchester Co. Schools
City of North Charleston
Wikipedia

Orangeburg County

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Orangeburg is one of the largest agricultural producing counties within South Carolina. Cities and towns within the county include Bowman, Branchville, Brookdale, Cope, Cordova, Elloree, Eutawville, Holly Hill, Livingston, Neeses, North, Norway, Orangeburg, Rowesville, Santee, Springfield, Vance, Wilkinson Heights, and Woodford. The population in 2005 was roughly 93,000 people.

Related links:

Orangeburg County
City of Orangeburg
Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce
Wikipedia