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WINTER 2007

We are pleased to present the Winter 2007 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

Delaware's Supreme Court and Court of Chancery Named As Most Influential In Corporate Governance
In its September 2007 issue, the Directorship, a leading magazine for public company board directors, named the Delaware Courts — the Court of Chancery and the Supreme Court — on its list of the most influential individuals and institutions that are shaping agendas in boardrooms across America.

Recent Article by Chief Justice Steele Discusses Challenges Judges Face
When he was invited recently to write about the challenges jurists face in resolving difficult disputes for the fall 2007 issue of the UVA Lawyer, Chief Justice Myron T. Steele decided to focus, not on the numerous corporate cases that Delaware’s courts handle, but on those cases that impact the daily lives of Delaware’s citizens.

Recycling in the Courthouses
In an effort to stay current with the national trend of the “Green” campaign, this year the NCCCH offered recycling as an option to its occupants.

Delaware Docket Profile: Judge Michael K. Newell
Over the years, while practicing family law, the idea of becoming a Family Court judge was always present. Friends encouraged him to apply for the position he currently holds. Now, he is able to help children and families from the “other side of the bench,” and hopes that through his decisions he is able to guide families through their troubled times.

Justice Randy J. Holland Gives Keynote Addresss at 2007 Corporate Governance Summit in Taiwan
In December, Justice Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court gave the keynote address at the 2007 Corporate Governance Summit, a keynote address at the Soochow University College of Law and participated in a symposium at the National Taiwan University Center for Corporate and Financial Law.

Delaware to Host National High School Mock Trial Championship
This spring, the New Castle County Courthouse will be the hub of even more activity than usual when the National High School Mock Trial Championships are held in the courthouse in May.

Supreme Court Approves Rules for the Court Interpreter Program
Under the new rules, the advisory board, is given broad oversight of the program, including the authority to develop and administer a certification program, to develop fiscal policies and procedures, and to exercise jurisdiction over disciplinary matters with regard to court interpreters.

Board of Bar Examiners - Volunteers Assisting with Bar Admissions
One of the highlights of the year for both the Delaware Supreme Court and the members of the Board of Bar Examiners is the admission ceremony for new members of the Delaware Bar.

Chief Justice Steele Identifies Top Budget Priorities for FY 2009
Additional judges and related court staff for the Superior Court are the top new priority of the Judiciary’s operating budget.

Delaware Judiciary Recognized

Mental Health Diversion Courts Offer New Solutions
In Delaware, mental health diversion courts in the Family Court and the Court of Common Pleas are offering new ways to address this situation by offering treatment as an alternative to a criminal conviction.

State Court Administrator Testified at Congressional Briefing on Court Interpretation
Ms. Griffin’s testimony focused on developing a court interpreter program and the challenges that each state is facing along with national trends and budget issues.

Security Assessments Implemented
Several courts have begun assessing special fees to help fund vital court security needs.

Kris Kringle Wins Case in Superior Court
Children throughout the State were able to share in the holiday spirit and gain a civics lesson when they came to the Superior Court to watch the competency hearing of Kris Kringle in a reenactment of the courtroom scene of the Miracle on 34th Street.

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