SCCID

SCCID Public Defenders

South Carolina’s Public Defender System is a county-based system. The counties are grouped and divided among 16 judicial circuits within the state. Each judicial circuit has a Circuit Public Defender who is responsible for the administration of public defender services in each of the counties within the circuit. Circuit Public Defenders are appointed to the position for four-year terms by the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense (SCCID) upon nomination to the position by a Selection Panel, consisting of attorneys representing each of the counties within the circuit.

Circuit Public Defenders are employees of the State of South Carolina. Funding for each circuit comes from the State of South Carolina and from each of the counties within that circuit. The circuit Public Defender System replaced a system of non-profit defender corporations with the passage of the South Carolina Indigent Defense Act of 2007.

Circuit Public Defenders

#Circuit Public DefenderCounties Served
1Mark A. Leiendecker
T: 843-821-9800
F: 843-871-0523
Calhoun, Dorchester,
Orangeburg
2De Grant Gibbons
T: 803-642-1732
F: 803-642-1739
Aiken, Bamberg,
Barnwell
3Jack D. Howle, Jr.
T: 803-774-6137
F: 803-774-6136
Clarendon, Lee,
Sumter, Williamsburg
4Matt Rivers
T: 843-623-3020
F: 843-623-3021
Chesterfield, Darlington,
Dillon, Marlboro
5Douglas S. Strickler
T: 803-765-2592
F: 803-748-5018
Kershaw, Richland
6Mike Lifsey
T: 803-815-4074
F: 803-285-6085
Chester, Fairfield,
Lancaster
7Clay T. Allen
T: 864-596-2561
F: 864-596-2284
Cherokee, Spartanburg
8Janna Nelson
T: 864-229-9505
F: 864-227-1104
Abbeville, Greenwood,
Laurens, Newberry
9D. Ashley Pennington
T: 843-958-1850
F: 843-958-5149
Berkeley, Charleston
10Jennifer L. Johnson
T: 864-260-4048
F: 864-260-4134
Anderson, Oconee
11Robert M. Madsen
T: 803-785-8873
F: 803-785-1443
Edgefield, Lexington,
McCormick, Saluda
12Scott Floyd
T: 843-665-3055
F: 843-665-4041
Florence, Marion
13John I. Mauldin
T: 864-467-8522
F: 864-467-8521
Greenville, Pickens
14Stephanie Smart Gittings
T: 843-255-5000
F: 843-255-9493
Allendale, Beaufort,
Colleton, Hampton, Jasper
15Orrie E. West
T: 843-915-5385
F: 843-915-6385
Georgetown, Horry
16Harry A. Dest
T: 803-628-3031
F: 803-628-3054
Union, York