The Town of Irmo Municipal Court is part of the statewide unified court system and Chief Municipal Judge Joseph Epting is appointed by Town Council. The Assistant Judge is Judge Rebecca Adams, Lexington County Magistrate, which presides over the Court when Judge Epting is unavailable. The Clerk of Court oversees the daily operation of the court along with the Assistant Clerk of Court. The Municipal Court is responsible for warrants, preliminary hearings, the adjudication of cases, and reporting to the State Department of Motor Vehicles, the Supreme Court, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
The Town’s Municipal Court is one of limited jurisdiction, hearing only misdemeanor criminal cases, as well as traffic cases carrying a maximum fine of $500 (which does not include the state mandated fees) or 30 days in jail, plus certain other cases as authorized by the South Carolina Legislature. The court has no civil jurisdiction; no lawsuits or non-criminal matters are heard. The jurisdiction for the Town of Irmo’s Municipal Court is within both Richland and Lexington Counties. Appeals of decisions made by this court are filed in the county circuit court, the county depends on the jurisdiction and is noted on your ticket or warrant. The goal of the court is to provide a fair hearing for everyone.
Requests for Continuances: All requests for continuances must be in writing and received by the Clerk of Court at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled Court date. The Clerk of Court cannot grant a continuance on your Court date. Please note, that your Court date and time are located on your traffic ticket or were given to you in your bond hearing if your offense was charged on an arrest warrant. Your continuance request must be legible. Be sure you have signed the request, that you have dated the request, that your mailing address is included in your request, and that you have explained why your request should be granted. Your name MUST be legible for a continuance to be granted, so print your name under your signature to ensure that it can be read. If your request for a continuance is received so close to your Court date that a letter cannot be mailed back to you giving you a new court date, it is your responsibility to appear on your assigned Court date and time and request a continuance from the Judge. TELEPHONE CALLS FOR CONTINUANCES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
Bench trials: Bench Trials are cases that are heard by the Judge who is on the bench on your Court date. Our bench trials are every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Please note that on Court dates faxes, telephone calls, and emails received after 1:00 p.m. are not returned or read until the following day.
Jury Trials: Jury Trials are scheduled every six months and are held for a week-long jury trial term from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. each day of the trial week. You can request a Jury Trial. The Jury Trial Request form can be faxed, submitted online or dropped off at the Town of Irmo. The completed Jury Trial Request must be received by the Clerk of Court at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled Court date and time.
Please note, that your Court date and time are located on your traffic ticket or it was given to you in your bond hearing if your offense was charged on an arrest warrant.
Irmo Municipal Court is a place of business and visitors should wear clean, fitted clothes. Shirt and shoes are required. Please take your hat off before entering the courtroom. Unacceptable attire includes:
- All hats
- Shorts, cut-offs, baggy pants, flip-flop style shoes
- Muscle shirts, T-shirts, clothing indicating gang affiliation or other clothing with offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, obscene, suggestive words, slogans, depictions or pictures
- Shirts that are torn, dirty and ragged, too tight, or too short
- Provocative clothing designed, styled, or worn to provoke emotion or disrupt or distract
- Low-cut tops
- Short skirts or dresses
A partial listing of prohibited items includes: cell phones, laptops, readers, cameras, computers of any kind, handbags, tote bags, purses, backpacks, food, drink, and ALL weapons are strictly prohibited from the building. You may enter the Courtroom only with a vehicle key and all necessary paperwork for your Court proceedings. DO NOT attempt to bring in any prohibited items. Leave these items at home or in your car. The Court will not store prohibited items in the lobby for pick-up. A police officer will be stationed at the front door to inform you to return to your vehicle if you attempt to enter with any prohibited items.
Respect for the Court
Please observe the following guidelines when you are in the courtroom:
- Arrive early and be prepared
- Gum chewing, tobacco or newspapers are not allowed in the courtroom
- If you bring your children, have someone with you who can take the child out if [s]he becomes loud or disruptive
- When your case is called, please stand and move to the front of the room
- Address the judge as “Your Honor”
- Speak only when instructed or given permission
- Do not interrupt
- When you answer questions, be brief and to the point
- Answer the question you were asked and stop
- Do not argue, especially with the judge
- Use formal English, not slang
- Do not approach the judge’s bench without permission
- Do not enter or depart the courtroom excessively and do not slam the doors
- Be patient
THAT IF A POLICE OFFICER HAS INSTRUCTED YOU TO SEE HIM OR HER PRIOR TO COURT; TO SPEAK TO HIM OR HER PRIOR TO COURT; OR TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE TO HIM OR HER PRIOR TO COURT, THIS MEANS YOU ARE TO APPEAR ON YOUR ASSIGNED COURT DATE APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR ASSIGNED TIME AND MEET WITH THAT OFFICER. THE COURT CAN NOT ASSIST YOU WITH THIS MATTER.