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Superior Court's 175th Anniversary Commemoration

  Old New Castle Courthouse, New Castle, Delaware
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Historic New Castle County Courthouse
New Castle, Delaware
The 175th anniversary of the court's creation under the Delaware Constitution of 1831 was commemorated with a Special Session of the Superior Court.

Delaware judges, government officials, and distinguished guests gathered for the celebration at the historic New Castle County Courthouse, in New Castle, Delaware on April 9, 2007.

To learn some little known facts about the early days of the court and the people involved, read the complete 175th Anniversary Ceremony transcript.

Although Superior Court's heritage can be traced back more than 339 years to December 6, 1669, our law courts which represent today's Superior Court jurisdiction, were decreed under the Constitution of 1831.

The law courts included Superior Court, which heard civil matters, the Court of General Sessions, which heard criminal matters, and the Court of Oyer and Terminer, which heard capital cases and consisted of all four law judges for the other two courts.

Excerpt from the event April 9, 2007 commemoration:

"Today, Monday, April 9, 2007, marks the 175th Anniversary of the first session held by the Superior Court.

Resident Judge Samuel M. Harrington, one of the original Superior Court judges appointed after approval of the Constitution of 1831, recorded in Volume 1 of his reports – and I quote --

"The Superior Court held its first session at Georgetown in Sussex County on Monday, the 9th of April 1832."

This special session today is being held to commemorate this milestone in the Court's history," President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr.

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Superior Court's heritage can be traced back more than 345 years to
December 6, 1669.

The red sash worn by the High Courts in the 17th century has been worn in 21st century by the judges on ceremonial occasions.

A court designated as a Superior Court first appeared in the Constitution of 1831.

Bailiffs once carried tipstaffs. One side of the pointed tip was white, to represent the presumption of innocence. The other side was red to represent a finding of guilt. Upon conviction, the tipstaff was turned so that the red side faced forward in the courtroom and while the defendant was being escorted to and from the courtroom.

Jurisdiction over capital cases was vested in the Court of Oyer and Terminer until 1951 when it was transferred to the Superior Court

Superior Court rated #1 overall for the 9th consecutive year in the most recent U.S. Chamber Legal Institute for Legal Reform State Liability Systems Study.
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On October 6, 2003, Superior Court was the first state court in the nation to require statewide electronic filing of certain categories of civil cases.

On July 28, 2000, Superior Court was the first state court to adopt a rule allowing briefs and appendices to be filed on

In 1999, Superior Court began to use its Wilmington, Delaware eCourtroom, purported to be the nation's first actively used eCourtroom.

In 1999, Superior Court began to use its Automated Sentencing Order Program. The application issues sentence orders almost simultaneously with judge's pronouncement.

Begun in 1994, Superior Court had the first statewide Drug Court in the nation.

In 1991, Superior Court created CLAD the first electronic docketing & filing system for civil cases in the U.S.