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SUMMER 2010

We are pleased to present the Summer 2010 issue of the Delaware Docket, the Newsletter of the Delaware Judiciary, which is published semi-annually to provide updates on activities and events in the Judicial community. All are welcome to suggest topics, contribute articles for future editions, and provide suggestions on the newsletter. Please use the links below to navigate the current issue or view the printable pdf versionpdf icon.

 

Patricia Griffin, State Court Administrator and Managing Editor
Christine H. Sudell, Deputy State Court Administrator and Articles Editor
Connie Magee, Executive Assistant and Layout Editor

FEATURED STORIES

The Chief Justice Remarks on the State of the Judiciary at Bench and Bar
At the Bench and Bar Conference on June 9, 2010, Chief Justice Myron T. Steele presented his annual State of the Judiciary message.

Court of Chancery Adopts New Voluntary Binding Arbitration Rules
New rules for voluntary binding arbitration adopted by the Court of Chancery help provide a cost-effective means of resolving business disputes.

Superior Court Establishes New Complex Commercial Litigation Division
A new Superior Court Complex Commercial Litigation Division (“CCLD”) was created on May 1, 2010. According to President Judge James T. Vaughn, Jr., “The new division will provide for streamlined and more uniform administration of complex commercial cases.”

New Technology Initiatives Introduced
Refresher training for eFiling now available online and CourtConnect provides information on Court Cases.

Supreme Court Adopts Rules and Procedures for Employment Relations
A new employment relations system for the Judicial Branch was recently created by the Delaware Supreme Court.

Supreme Court 2009-2010 Law Clerks and Widener Students
Members of the Supreme Court welcomed another talented group of law clerks and Widener University School of Law students who appreciated the opportunity to learn about the law and the Supreme Court through first-hand experience.

Delaware Judiciary Recognized

Justice of the Peace Initiates New Prosecution Process for Traffic and Minor Criminal Cases
A new process for prosecuting minor traffic and criminal cases being phased into different locations of the Justice of the Peace Court is saving time and money for defendants, police agencies, and others.

Justice of the Peace Court Holds Seminar on Immigration Issues
Justices of the Peace, along with several members of the Office of the Public Defender, attended a seminar on May 18, 2010 to learn more about the intersection of state criminal cases and federal immigration law.

Delaware Supreme Court Makes Changes in IOLTA Program
While attorneys with trust accounts may currently opt out of participation in the IOLTA program, starting November 1, 2010, the Delaware Supreme Court will require participation for all attorneys with pooled trust accounts pursuant to new Rule 1.15 of the Rules of Delaware Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct.

2010 Supreme Court "Classroom to Courtroom" Teachers Program
For the second year in a row, teachers from all over the state participated in the Supreme Court’s “Classroom to Courtroom” program, sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Courts in partnership with the Delaware Business, Industry, Education Alliance, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Department of Education.

COTS Project Reorganizes for Move into New Phase
Now that implementation of civil case management has been completed, the Judicial Branch is assessing how best to move forward with the criminal and Family Court phases of the new case management system.

Judicial Branch Emergency Planning Moves Forward
The Judicial Branch has been participating in statewide efforts to develop plans for the continuity of operations in the event of a disaster. It recently became one of the first State entities to complete the Living Disaster Recovery Planning System (LDRPS), a statewide effort coordinated by the Department of Technology and Information.

New Initiatives in Family Court
Family Court's Gun Court combats juvenile gun crime and Family Court's nCourt initiative expands.

Diversity Training
Diversity workshop trainings, sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Courts, were held for court employees in all three counties this year to discuss diversity and fairness issues.

Delaware Courts: Fairness for All Task Force Provides New Ways to Assist Self-Represented Litigants
The Delaware Courts: Fairness for All Task Force, which issued a report in October 2009, made a number of recommendations to ensure fairness in the court system, including ways to assist self-represented litigants.

Student Volunteers Help with Court of Common Pleas Archiving Project
Fourteen high school students have been learning more about the working world as they help the Court of Common Pleas complete a project to archive back cases. The students, who are volunteering their time, are working in the mornings to help Court of Common Pleas archivist to purge, organize and prepare court files for archiving.

State Court Administrator Appointed Chair of State Employees Benefit Advisory Committee
Patricia Griffin, State Court Administrator, was recently appointed by the Governor as chair of the State Employees Benefit Advisory Committee (SEBAC), which serves as a forum to obtain feedback from state employees on statewide benefits programs (such as health, life and disability insurance, but excluding the deferred compensation program).

Summer Youth Programs Held
In 2010, youth forum programs sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Courts were expanded to provide opportunities for student groups to participate during the summer.

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