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Juvenile Offenders

 

The Magistrate Courts of Spartanburg County and the Seventh Circuit General Sessions Court have criminal jurisdiction over all adults accused of committing crimes within Spartanburg County.   Any person who is seventeen years of age or older at the time the crime was allegedly committed is considered an adult.  Additionally, any sixteen year old person who allegedly commits a felony which is punishable by imprisonment of fifteen years or more is also considered an adult.  All others, who are sixteen years of age or younger when the crime was allegedly committed, are considered juveniles.

 

The magistrate courts also have concurrent jurisdiction with the Family Court over traffic offenses allegedly committed by persons sixteen  years of age or younger.  The magistrate courts, however, cannot imprison a person who is sixteen  years of age or younger.  Therefore, traffic offenses which may potentially result in imprisonment of a juvenile offender are referred to the Family Court.

 

The Family Court has jurisdiction over juvenile offenders who are accused of committing all other crimes.  In some instances, however, more serious offenses allegedly committed by juveniles can be transferred from the Family Court to the General Sessions Court.