Magistrate’s Court is in Session

Richland County Magistrate’s Court Judge Josef Robinson hears his third case on opening day, an open container and driving under suspension violation that earned the offender a $250 fine.

BLYTHEWOOD – The new Blythewood branch of the Richland County Magistrate’s Court opened for business on McNulty Street last Friday, and already Judge Josef Robinson is doing a healthy trade. Court opened Jan. 17, taking many cases that were previously handled in the Pontiac Magistrate’s Court, and Robinson and his staff are plowing through traffic and civil cases at a rapid pace.

“I’m expecting it to be pretty busy,” Robinson said just days before court convened, “but I’ve got a very good, experienced staff. People can expect excellent customer service.”

Robinson currently holds court every Wednesday and Friday, both bench and jury trials. As the cases mount, he said, a Thursday session could soon be added.