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DWI court returns for six weeks, DA searches for permanent funding

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Leaders in Raleigh have provided temporary funding for DWI court in Brunswick and Columbus counties. Leaders in Raleigh have provided temporary funding for DWI court in Brunswick and Columbus counties.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – DWI court is up and running once again in Brunswick County.

According to District Attorney Jon David, court started on Thursday thanks to funding from leaders in Raleigh.

The DA's office did not get its funding renewed back in October 2012 causing many problems in the courthouse.

David said this DWI court will act as a supplement to the current docket and will last for a six week period. Judge Nancy Phillips will handle the cases three days a week in either Brunswick or Columbus counties. David said Phillips is a retired judge from Bladen County.

"My people have had to work through this with other people in the justice system," he said. "We've been working longer and harder, but quite frankly there was a structural challenge that could not be overcome without the presence of this court."

David said leaders in Raleigh granted short-term funding. He is currently in the process of searching for a long-term solution.

"We are going to make a sincere effort to keep it there in the future," said David.

David told WECT.com he applied for a grant on Tuesday in hopes of getting back the DWI court program for good. In his application, David asked for another prosecutor and judge to help eliminate the backlog of DWI cases in the area.

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