Opening of DWI court in Forsyth County delayed

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A new DWI court won’t be starting anytime soon.

Chief District Judge William Reingold said the DWI court is among larger changes he wants to make in Forsyth District Court.

“I do not want to roll these out piecemeal, so this process, which began with the possibility of a DWI court, has become a bit more complicated and therefore will take longer to implement,” Reingold said in an email last week.

Reingold said in a later interview that he is considering changing the schedule for judges to hear child-custody cases, felonies and property distribution cases involving divorce. He said he is also looking at possibly merging court rotations.

Currently, Forsyth County has 10 district court judges, including Reingold, who deal with a range of criminal and civil matters, including traffic, domestic violence, child custody, juvenile and property distribution cases.

This month, court officials started a mental-health court that would help get treatment for defendants who have mental illnesses.A new DWI court won’t be starting anytime soon.

This article was written by Michael Hewlett and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.