Municipal Court

Chapin Municipal Court is part of the statewide unified court system, and Lexington County Magistrate Gary Reinhart serves as the Judge for Chapin Municipal Court. Inga Whelchel provides administrative services as the Clerk of Court.

Municipal Court is one of limited jurisdiction, hearing only misdemeanor criminal cases, traffic cases carrying a maximum fine and sentence of $500 or 30 days in jail, and certain other cases as authorized by the South Carolina Legislature. The court has no civil jurisdiction.

No continuance will be granted unless the request is in writing. This request must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of your court date.

The goal of the court is to provide a fair hearing for everyone.

Check-in for court starts at 5:00 PM


            Traffic ticket fines may be paid online 24 hours a day/7 days a week at:
                                                     www.lex-co.sc.gov

***SPECIAL NOTICE ***

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


The Municipal Court office is closed to the public until further notice. However, the Clerk of Court will be available Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm for any phone calls. All voicemail messages will be returned within 24-48 business hours.


The Municipal Court will follow the guidelines set forth by the Supreme Court of South Carolina Order 2020-04-14-01 for COVID-19 court proceedings.


Face masks are REQUIRED for all court hearings. Only case parties will be allowed to enter the building on designated court dates and times. If you have a court hearing and you are a minor child, only one parent or guardian may accompany you into the building.


Until further notice, no Preliminary Hearings will be scheduled.


Court payments will ONLY be accepted via online (debit or credit card) or via mail (money order or cashier's check ONLY).

*** NO IN-PERSON PAYMENTS ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME ***



2020 Municipal Court Schedule

  • January 14, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • March 10, 2020
  • April 14, 2020 - Canceled
  • May 12, 2020 - Canceled
  • June 23, 2020
  • July 14, 2020 - Canceled
  • July 21, 2020
  • July 27, 2020
  • July 28, 2020
  • August 10, 2020
  • August 11, 2020
  • August 12, 2020
  • September 8, 2020
  • September 9, 2020
  • October 13, 2020
  • October 14, 2020
  • November 9, 2020
  • November 10, 2020 - Canceled
  • December 8, 2020
  • December 9, 2020
SPECIAL NOTES:
***NO PURSES, SATCHELS, BRIEF CASES, BOOK BAGS, ETC. ARE ALLOWED IN THE COURTROOM. ONLY WALLETS AND BILLFOLDS ALLOWED.