HAMPTON, N.B. – A Hampton based lawyer says the closure of the town’s 140-year old courthouse is a sad moment for the entire country but something that was necessary.

The Hampton courthouse officially closed its doors yesterday and the majority of cases in the area will be heading to Saint John.

David Lutz says the future of the building is up in the air.

“Everyone in the town who has a position of interest or position of authority is looking at ways to use the courthouse but no one can really come up with one.”

Lutz says the building has very high ceilings and would likely cost 20 to 25 thousand dollars a year to heat.