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Brunswick County outgrowing courthouse

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- Our area is home to some of the fastest-growing counties in the country. And that population boom will no doubt affect criminal activity and how the court system deals with it. Thirteenth District Attorney Rex Gore says pretty soon Brunswick County will have to make a decision on whether to add on to the brand new courthouse. Construction was finished in 2002. The courthouse has more than 100,000 square feet with six courtrooms -- and one large room dedicated just for traffic court. Gore says Brunswick County's population has already outgrown the space. Often times, there is standing room only in district court and there are not enough prosecutors, court employees or judges to handle all of the cases. Gore said, "I never thought I would say that because when we moved into this courthouse it was so well thought out, so well planned, the issues of future growth had been considered." Gore says places like Leland and Navassa are growing so fast, they'll soon need to hire more police officers to patrol the area. Gore also oversees the court cases in Bladen and Columbus Counties. There are fewer people moving to those areas and that's affecting the legal system in another way.

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