Court of Common Pleas


Who We

Are

The mission of the Delaware Court of Common Pleas is to provide a neutral forum for the people and institutions of Delaware, in the resolution of everyday problems, disputes, and more complex legal matters in a fair, professional, efficient, and practical manner. Legal Jurisdiction of the Court of Common Pleas is explained in the Jurisdiction section. Information about the most frequently requested information can be found below.



Message from the Chief Judge
Message from the Chief Judge

A Welcome Message From Chief Judge of the Court of Common Pleas Alex J. Smalls.


Jurisdiction
Jurisdiction

The Court of Common Pleas has a wide jurisdiction that includes Criminal and Civil cases.


Judicial Officers
Judicial Officers

There are nine judges of the Court of Common Pleas. Each Judge is nominated by the Governor for a term of 12 years.


History
History

Discover why the Court of Common Pleas has an ancient and noble lineage.


Administrative Directives
Administrative Directives

Policies and procedures that govern how the Court of Common Pleas operates.


Rules
Rules

Read the Bail, Civil, and Criminal rules of the Court of Common Pleas.


Information and

Services


e-Filing
e-Filing

eFiling of civil cases is available in the Court of Common Pleas and is required in certain cases.


e-payments
e-Payments

Avoid paying by telephone or visiting the Court for payment of fines and do the whole process online instead.


Docket Search
Docket Search

Access civil case information 24-hours a day by searching a person's name, business name or case type.


Mediation Program
Mediation Program

An overview of the Mediation Program including general information, pending court cases and community cases.


Transcripts
Transcripts

Information and costs on ordering transcripts of Court proceedings.


Records Access
Records Access

Policy on public access to the Court of Common Pleas judicial records.

 Civil Services

Overview of Civil Jurisdiction
A brief overview of civil jurisdiction in the Court of Common Pleas.
Filing a Civil Motion
Packet with instructions and sample forms on how to prepare for a civil motion.

Representing Yourself in Civil Lawsuit
A complete list of frequently asked questions for filing a civil lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas including sample forms.
How to Conduct a Civil Trial - Video.
Filing an Administrative Appeal from the DMV
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding appeal from the DMV along with sample forms and documents.

Filing an Appeal from the Justice of the Peace Court
Instructions and sample forms for the plantiff and defendant on filing a civil appeal from the Justice of the Peace Court.
Restoration of Driving Privileges
Instruction packet and petition for restoration of driving privileges after being declared a habitual offender.

Appeals from Court of Common Pleas
Information explaining how to proceed with an appeal from the Court of Common Pleas along with sample forms.
Name Change Packet
Information on how to file a change of name petition and instructions for each County

 Criminal Services

Overview of Civil Jurisdiction
A brief overview of civil jurisdiction in the Court of Common Please.
Criminal Procedures and Process
Includes information on arraignment, jury and non jury trials, preliminary hearings and sentencing.
Spanish Version Available .

Bail
Information explaining the types of bail, FAQs about bail bonds, and bail bond entity//agent registration.
Specialty Courts
Information about the Drug Diversion Program for non-violent offenders and the DUI Court.

 Traffic Services

Traffic Court
The Court in New Castle County has implemented a Traffic Court that combines Arraignment and Trial into a single court appearance.
Bail
Information explaining the types of bail, FAQs about bail bonds, and bail bond entity//agent registration.

Specialty Courts
Information about the Drug Diversion Program for non-violent offenders and the DUI Court.

Latest

News


June 10, 2016


Amendment to Court of Common Pleas Criminal Rule 11

By an order dated May 19, 2016, the Court of Common Pleas for the State of Delaware has approved an amendment to Court of Common Pleas Criminal Rule 11. This amendment is effective immediately. The rule amendment is available on the rules page.