Effective immediately, Clemson University Municipal Court will hold court in our temporary courtroom located at 280 Seneca Creek Road, Seneca, SC. Day to day business will be conducted at our Tiger Boulevard address listed below. The courtroom is located in the building formerly housing the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Court dates for the next few months are:

Frequently Asked Questions

The court accepts payments in person or by mail in the form of cash, check or money order. You now have the option to pay your fine with debit or credit card at one of the walk-up stations in the lobby of the court. We accept debit or credit cards online at clemsonuniversitycourtpayments.com.

For more information, check our "Pay a Ticket" page.

Yes. Phone or online payments are now available. Please call 864-986-3050 to make a payment over the phone or visit clemsonuniversitycourtpayments.com for online payments.

The court office is located off campus at 1376 Tiger Boulevard, Suite 110, Clemson, SC-29631.

Reductions on traffic/criminal tickets are at the discretion of the judge/officer within the limits of the law. You will have the opportunity to speak to the officer on your court date before your scheduled court time.

If you wish to, potentially, get this charge removed from your record there are intervention programs that you can apply to and complete, resulting in a dismissed charge and/or expungement.

  • May only be granted by Judge Clary or Judge Simmons
  • Any request for continuance by a Defendant or their counsel shall be in writing and must state good and sufficient legal cause why a case should be continued. Examples of good cause are deaths, births, hospitalizations, superior court conflict. Examples of no good cause are vehicle issues, distance or class scheduled.
  • An email is not satisfactory as a writing. The continuance request can be sent as an email attachment but it should be in, at minimum, business letter form. It must include full name, DOB, court citation numbers, scheduled court date, reason for the continuance request and be signed by the Defendant or counsel. It should also include complete contact information for the Defendant or counsel (address, phone and email).
  • Continuance requests should have supporting documentation if available. Examples being a doctor’s note, hospital record, obituary, other court docket.

On your scheduled court date only, report to the Clemson University Municipal Courtroom, located at 280 Seneca Creek Road, Seneca, SC 29678.

Book bags will not be allowed in the courtroom.

On your court date, bring with you your fine payment in the form of cash, check or money order. (Credit/Debit payments can be made online at www.clemsonuniversitycourtpayments.com) If your ticket involves no driver's license in possession, lack of proof of insurance, etc. be sure to bring the valid proof with you to present to the officer.

You will have the opportunity to speak to your charging/arresting officer prior to your case being called. If you still wish to have your case heard in a bench trial, you will appear before the Judge. The judge will explain your rights and options to you. If you choose to continue with a bench trial, the Judge will ask you to enter a plea (explained here) and the officer will present his/her case against you. You will have an opportunity to give any testimony that you wish to present. The Judge will review the evidence and make a ruling on your case. If you are found "not guilty" your ticket/warrant will be signed off accordingly and no further action is required on your part. If you are found "guilty" you will be sentenced to a fine or jail time and are expected to make payment immediately. If you are unable to pay a fine and can provide proof to the court of your inability to pay, you may be given a scheduled time payment. More trial procedure details are given here.

You may have been tried in your absence and found guilty. If you were assessed a fine and do not pay immediately, the process of suspending your license will begin. Contact the court immediately. 

You may have been tried in your absence and found guilty. If you were assessed a fine and do not pay immediately, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. Contact the court immediately. 

If you are a Clemson student, you may be eligible for a 30-minute consultation with a lawyer. For more information contact the Student Government office at 864-656-2195.

Check Additional information and resources on South Carolina courts.