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    The Delaware Court of Chancery is widely recognized as the nation's preeminent forum for the determination of disputes involving the internal affairs of the thousands upon thousands of Delaware corporations and other business entities through which a vast amount of the world's commercial affairs is conducted. Its unique competence in and exposure to issues of business law are unmatched.

    Currently the Court, through a private vendor, has made docket information and pleadings available over the internet for civil actions filed in the Court of Chancery (See File and ServeXpressPlease note: There is a charge for using File and ServeXpress. The site is not maintained by the Delaware Court of Chancery and is the responsibility of File and ServeXpress.)

Recent Amendments and Rule Changes:
newCourt of Chancery issues revised rule for guardianships of minor’s property. The Court of Chancery has amended Rule 180 in conjunction with the recent amendment to 12 Del. C. § 3901 and the recent revisions to Superior Court Rule 133. Together, the amendments to Section 3901 and the revised rules reduce the need for court-appointed guardians of minors' property. In addition to establishing the monetary threshold below which a guardian need not be appointed, the revised rule also establishes a procedure for petitions to appoint a limited guardian or a plenary guardian of a minor’s property, explains the notice and consent provisions required for such petitions, and lists the necessary exhibits that must accompany a petition. The revisions to Rule 180 are effective September 19, 2014.

Court of Chancery Updates Testamentary Trust Accounting Procedures. 12 Del. C  § 3521 has been amended to allow trusts beneficiaries to waive the need for future judicial accountings.  On all existing testamentary trust cases, if waivers cannot be obtained, any pleadings or accountings filed after July 1, 2014 must be electronically filed using File and Serve Xpress.

Court of Chancery Revises Response Time for Documents Served by E-Filing. The Court of Chancery has amended Rule 6(e) to eliminate the additional three days to respond to documents served by e-filing.  Service by e-filing is the quickest, most efficient method of service and there is no reason to provide additional response time to respond to e-filed documents.  The revision applies only to documents served by e-filing; the response time for documents served by mail was not changed.  The revisions to Rule 6(e) are effective February 1, 2014.

Court of Chancery Adopts Word Count Limits for Briefs and Revises Font and Spacing Requirements for All Pleadings. The Court of Chancery has amended Rule 171 to enhance the readability of briefs filed with the Court.  All text in briefs and memoranda will have to be in Times New Roman 14-point typeface, be double spaced, except for quotations and footnotes, and have margins of not less than 1 inch on all sides.  The page limits previously established in Rule 171 have been replaced with word limits, thus eliminating the need for attorneys to reduce the font size and change margins to stay within the page limits.  Opening and answering briefs are now allotted 14,000 words.  Reply briefs are now allotted 8,000 words.  These provisions make the Chancery practice generally consistent with an option available in Federal Appellate Courts and a recent revision of the Delaware Supreme Court Rules.

Consistent with the changes to Rule 171, Rule 10 was amended to improve the readability of all other filings with the Court.  All forms of papers will have to be in Times New Roman 14-point typeface, be double spaced, except for quotations and footnotes, and have margins of not less than 1 inch on all sides.  Rule 10(a) clarifies how cases should be captioned, consistent with a standing order adopted in 2007.  Subsection (b) was amended to make it consistent with the current best practice as recommended in this Court’s guidelines, by requiring responsive pleadings to set out the text of each allegation to which the pleading responds.  Subsection (d) was revised to make it consistent with the font and spacing requirements of Rule 171.
new Supplemental Information Sheets are excluded from this Rule.

The revisions to Rules 171 and 10 will take effect on April 1, 2014.  Parties should be aware that revised Rule 171 may reduce the amount of content permitted in a brief and should take steps to address any inequities that may arise if a briefing schedule requires parties to file briefs both before and after the effective date of this rule.  Under such circumstances, parties are encouraged to agree that all briefs filed under the schedule will conform to revised Rule 171.


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Court of Chancery Guidelines for Use of Laptops by the Media.
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The Court of Chancery will now permit members of the media to bring laptops into Chancery courtrooms for note taking purposes only, upon approval. Click here to read the Guidelines and submit an authorization form.