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City court moves to county courthouse

In his time as the Recorders Court Judge for the City of Thomson, David Moore has seen a lot of changes from the bench.

Last week, he helped shift the monthly session to a new location: the McDuffie County Courthouse.

"We just had to do something," he said. "Over the years, Thomson and McDuffie County have kept growing and the traffic has certainly increased."

And that has led to more and more traffic citations - the bulk of the cases that come before the Recorders Court.

For years, the court has met in Thomson City Hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. A regular session will last 2 hours or so, Judge Moore said.

Judge Moore began working with the city court in 1991, when the 20-30 cases were on the monthly docket and the proceedings occurred in the police chief's office.

"It's grown a lot in the last 16 years," he said.

For example, April's session - the largest ever - had 123 defendants, was moved to the Thomson Depot to accommodate the crowd and took four hours to complete.

"We've just been bulging at the seams," he said.

Judge Moore said Recorders Court will now be held in the Superior Courtroom at the courthouse at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

Web posted on Thursday, June 15, 2006

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