Community Court Project
Phase One of the Community Court
Phase One of the Community Court, in conjunction with the Community Resource Center, offers individuals access to community resources and alternative sentencing to low-level offenses. The Community Resource Center, located on the second floor of the Justice Center, is open to any community member who would like to connect with services such as substance use and mental health treatment, trauma-informed care, housing, youth services, life skills and importantly, pathways to employment opportunities through the ongoing creation of our Job Court. Phase One of the Community Court allows eligible individuals to be referred from the Court of Common Pleas to the Community Resource Center for alternative sentencing options, such as the completion of community service, a treatment program, engaging in parenting classes, or other services, based on the offense and the agreement between the parties. Upon successful completion, charges are dismissed or, in rare cases, plead to a lesser offense.
- Brochure – Phase One of the Community Court PDF opens in new window
- Participant Manual for Phase One of the Community Court PDF opens in new window
Second Annual Community Resource Center Fair
Phased start of Wilmington Community Court begins
2019 Aug 16 The plaza in front of the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center was the site for the Second Annual Community Resource Center Fair on Aug. 16, 2019. The event was open to the community and marked the formal opening of the Community Resource Center on the second floor of the courthouse and the launch of Phase One of the Wilmington Community Court. Read the full press release on Second Annual Community Resource Center Fair. PDF opens in new window
Community Court Project
The Wilmington Community Court initiative is an innovative effort by the Delaware Judiciary to break the cycle of crime before it starts by focusing on treatment and solving problems while ensuring public safety. Defendants are held accountable for their actions, but rather than using only incarceration or fines, community court looks to address the underlying issues that drive low-level, non-violent criminal behavior like drug addiction, mental health issues or unemployment and connects defendants with needed services.
- Delaware Community Court initiative awarded $200,000 federal grant PDF opens in new window (October 4, 2018)
- Wilmington Community Court Initiative Launched with a Community Resource Center Fair at the Courthouse PDF opens in new window (August 24, 2018)
The proposed community court project would serve the entire city of Wilmington (16.94 square miles; Population: 70,851), with an estimated annual caseload of 1,367 cases.
The project would be an intercourt collaboration between the Superior Court, Court of Common Pleas, Family Court and Justice of the Peace Court.
The project will focus services on substance abuse, mental health, housing, life skills and importantly, the creation of job opportunities.
Key partners will include the Judiciary, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of Defense Services, the Governor’s Office, the Mayor’s Office, Wilmington City Council, Wilmington Police, New Castle County Police, the Department of Labor, the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and many more.
For More Information:
Contact Brenda Wise,
Statewide Problem-Solving Court Coordinator