Biography for Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson
Scarlett A. Wilson is a native of
Hemingway, South Carolina. She graduated from Clemson University in 1989 and
from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1992. After a year
clerking for the Honorable Don S. Rushing, Scarlett spent eighteen months
working as a Fifth Circuit Assistant Solicitor. In 1995, Scarlett joined the
United States Attorney's Office and its Violent Crimes Task Force. She was a
joint winner of the 1997 Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior
Performance by an Assistant United States Attorney. Scarlett prosecuted various
types of federal cases including those involving drugs, murder, murder-for-hire
and armed robbery.
In January 2001, Scarlett left the United States Attorney's Office to serve as
Chief Deputy Solicitor for the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office. As Chief
Deputy Solicitor, Scarlett continued prosecuting violent and complex crimes.
After the death of the former solicitor, The Honorable Ralph E. Hoisington,
Scarlett was appointed as Solicitor for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. On August
3, 2007, the South Carolina State Senate confirmed her appointment and Scarlett
A. Wilson became the first woman to hold the office of Solicitor for the Ninth
Judicial Circuit. In November 2008, Scarlett was elected by the citizens of
Berkeley and Charleston Counties to hold the office of Ninth Circuit Solicitor
for a term of four years.
The Solicitor, a state
constitutional officer, directs the operation of the office in a designated
judicial circuit. The Solicitor ensures prosecutions are processed by
organizing an orderly, efficient flow of cases, assigning cases to
attorneys, advising attorneys on cases assigned, monitoring status of
pending cases and supervising personnel. Charleston and Berkeley counties make up
South Carolina's Ninth Judicial Circuit. The Solicitor is elected for a
four-year term and has offices provided by each county.
This Office Does:
Prosecute all criminal Cases in the circuit's
Court of General Sessions.
Adjudicate criminal cases in Family Court
Administer the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI)
Administer the Victim-Witness Assistance Program
This Office Does Not: