DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT/AP) - The federal courthouse in Dublin, Georgia is among five in Georgia and 60 nationwide that could close as part of an effort to cut costs. Dublin is ranked 9th on the list. The other courthouses in Georgia on the list are in Athens- ranked 28th, Waycross- ranked 29th, Valdosta- ranked 41st, and Statesboro- ranked 56th.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press show federal courthouses facilities in 29 states could be on the chopping block. Many of the court sites are in rural areas and critics say closing them could make it more difficult for people to get to court proceedings.
Six of the 60 court sites that could be closed are in Arkansas. Texas, like Georgia, has five sites on the list of possible closures. Officials are even considering shuttering the court site in Alaska's capital city, Juneau.
The government ranked the court sites that could close based on categories such as usage and location.