William F. "Freddie" Gault
Clerk of Court
Union County Court House
210 West Main Street
Union, SC 29379
The Honorable William F. “ Freddie” Gault was appointed Clerk of Court for Union County by Governor Mark Sanford in October 2009. In 2012 he was elected by the citizens of Union County to serve a four year term. Prior to his appointment Mr. Gault was Captain with the Union Public Safety Department where he retired with 27 years in law enforcement.
The Clerk of Court is an elected official who serves a four year term. The Clerk serves both the Circuit Court and the Family Court and is responsible for docket management, receipt of fees, fines and court cost maintenance of all court records and submission of reports to a variety of state and federal agencies . The Clerk of Court’s Office is located on the main floor of the courthouse.
Circuit Court is divided into General Sessions ( Criminal) and Common Pleas( Civil) Court. The Clerk of Court’s duties include jury management, receipt of criminal warrants and transmission to the Solicitor, receipt of bail, and staffing the courtroom. The Circuit Court is a formal court of record and operates under the South Carolina Constitution, the Code of Laws of South Carolina and the Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure. Laws regarding fairness and impartially prevent Judges and the Clerk of Court and his staff from giving legal advice to anyone.
The Clerk of Court is also responsible for Family Court and the collection and disbursement of court ordered child support and alimony payments, issuance Rules to Show Cause in cases where court orders have not been followed and filing of Orders of Protection. The Child Support Office is located in the Courthouse Annex Building.