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Barry Joe Barnette

Barry Joe Barnette

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Solicitor Barry Barnette is the recipient of numerous awards for his work as a prosecutor in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. The accolades include his profession’s top honor, the 2006 Ernest F. Hollings Award for Excellence in Prosecution, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s 2007 Prosecutor of the Year Award and the 2010 South Carolina Victim Assistance Network’s Criminal Justice Award.

Barnette, a former high school science teacher, joined the Solicitor’s Office as an Assistant Solicitor in January of 1991. He was appointed Spartanburg County Magistrate Judge in 1996 and named Principal Deputy Solicitor in January 2001. While serving as Principal Deputy Solicitor, Barnette supervised the day-to-day operation of the office and served as Solicitor Trey Gowdy’s chief violent crime prosecutor. The veteran prosecutor has personally handled hundreds of cases ranging in seriousness from driving under the influence to Death Penalty trials. His duties included training new attorneys and court scheduling. In his position as Magistrate Judge, Barnette heard more than 100 trials involving criminal and civil matters. He also heard hundreds of non-jury criminal and civil matters. Barnette served on the state’s Commission of Judicial Conduct from 1997 to 2001.

Barnette has taught numerous classes and seminars throughout South Carolina and the Southeast. He is a veteran presenter of Evidence and DUI Law at the South Carolina Magistrate Court Orientation School. He has also taught Death Penalty and Driving offense classes at the annual statewide Solicitor’s Conference. Barnette is also a contributing author to a DUI prosecution handbook that is utilized by prosecutors, police officers and judges across the state.

Barnette is a graduate of Marshall University and the West Virginia College of Law.


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Seventh Circuit Solicitor's Office

125 Floyd Baker Blvd.
Cherokee Cnty. Courthouse
Gaffney, SC, 29340

Seventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office

Spartanburg County Courthouse
180 Magnolia Street
Spartanburg, SC, 29306



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Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Solicitor of the Year 2013South Carolina Law Enforcement Victim Advocate Association2013
2010 Criminal Justice AwardSouth Carolina Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN)2010
2007 Prosecutor of the YearSouth Carolina Department of Public Safety2007
Ernest F. Hollings Award for Excellence in State ProsecutionSenator Ernest F. Hollings2006
Outstanding Traffic Safety Prosecutor AwardNational Association of Prosecutor Cordinators2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
SolicitorSeventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office2011 - Present
Principal Deputy SolicitorSeventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office2001 - 2010
Magistrate Court JudgeSpartanburg County Magistrate Court1996 - 2001
Assistant SolicitorSeventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office1991 - 1996
TeacherTravelers Rest High School1988 - 1990
Association NamePosition NameDuration
South Carolina Bar, Criminal Law SectionMember- Chairman2013 - Present
Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC) Paralegal Advisory CouncilCouncil Member2011 - Present
South Carolina Commission of Judicial ConductPanel Member1997 - 2001
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. BlackwellGuilty- Murder and Kidnapping
State v. SatterwhiteGuilty of Murder
State v. SnipesGuilty- Murder
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Publication NameTitleDate
Spartanburg Herald JournalLanguage in our DUI law defies common sense2015
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
West Virginia University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Marshall UniversityEducationBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
23rd Annual Criminal Practice in S.C23rd Annual Criminal Practice in S.C2014
United We Stand- Ninth Annual Interpersonal Violence ConferenceProtecting Our Elderly Citizens2013
United We Stand0- 8888888Eighth Annual Interpersonal Violence ConferenceBuilding the Case2012
A Brighter Future: Ending Child Abuse Through Advocacy and Education- Second Annual ConferenceThe Dangers of Child Abuse2011
South Carolina Traffic and DUI UpdatesDUI Case Law Update2010