Last Updated 7/13/2020
The spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a significant public health concern and has affected the daily operation of the Delaware Court system. The Delaware Judiciary, in conjunction with our partners at the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) and our justice system partners, is continually evaluating our ongoing response to the pandemic. Please find below the latest statements and advisories from the Delaware Judiciary regarding COVID-19.
How to Contact the Courts
During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all Delaware Courts are operating with reduced staff and therefore it may be difficult to reach Court representatives. Please see the Court Contact Information During COVID-19 Emergency for the best contact information -- either telephone, email or both -- for each court during this emergency period.
Public Reopening Plan
|Delaware Judiciary maintains Phase Two in reopening plan|
|07-13-2020||Delaware Judiciary Unveils Changes at Leonard L. Williams Justice Center to Protect Public and Staff During the Pandemic New VIEW PHOTOS|
|07-06-2020||Delaware Judiciary extends emergency, maintains Phase Two in reopening plan. New|
|06-05-2020||The Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order No. 7 that adopts and enacts the recommendations of the Courts Reopening Committee.|
Delaware Judiciary unveils pubic reopening plan .
El Poder Judicial de Delaware revela plan de reapertura
Phased approach recommended by Courts Reopening Committee to begin week of June 8, 2020. Date to resume normal operations not set; new procedures will involve wearing masks and social distancing inside court facilities.
Statements and Press Releases
|07-08-2020||Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 5 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures and Scheduling of Cases New|
|07-08-2020||Delaware Board of Bar Examiners announce 2020 Bar Exam to be held at Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington September 9 – 11 New|
|07-06-2020||Justice of the Peace Court Has Resumed Operations and Reminds the Public that They Must Respond to Notices to Appear New|
|07-06-2020||Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order No. 8—Extension of Judicial Emergency New|
|07-01-2020||Gov. Carney, AG Jennings, DSHA, Delaware Judiciary Announce Joint Effort on Foreclosure & Eviction Prevention New|
|06-30-2020||Justice of the Peace Court has provided information regarding the COVID-19 LLT Rejection Process|
|06-30-2020||Family Court has issued Standing Order #3 Regarding Civil Filing By Email During and After the COVID-19 State of Emergency|
|06-30-2020||Family Court announced the addition of Rule 79.2 to the Family Court Rules of Civil Procedure in relation to filing in civil cases by email. View the Order Adding Rule 79.2 to the Family Court Rules of Civil Procedure, effective July 1, 2020
|06-23-2020||Parent Education Classes Now Available Online During COVID-19 Emergency|
|06-16-2020||Court of Common Please releases additional information regarding scheduling of cases for June and July 2020 in New Castle County.|
|06-12-2020||Chief Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Delaware has issued a Statement to the Judiciary and the Delaware Bar|
|06-12-2020||The Supreme Court has issued IN RE COVID-19 Precautionary Measures|
|06-08-2020||The Court of Chancery has issued Courtroom Protocols that are being implemented, effective June 8, 2020, in conjunction with the reopening of the courthouses.|
|06-08-2020||Updated Family Court bail update.
Bail for Family Court cases may be posted Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm at any of the Family Court locations. Please call Family Court prior to appearing at the location so that we will be prepared when you arrive: New Castle County, Kent County, Sussex County.
|06-08-2020||Updated Court of Common Pleas bail update.
Beginning June 8, 2020, bail bondsmen should use the process in place prior to COVID-19 of submitting paperwork through e-mail to the court and someone will contact them to schedule a time they are able to come in. Also beginning June 8, 2020, data miners and media should contact the below to schedule an appointment with a one-hour time slot to enter the courthouse for research purposes.
New Castle County – Tomika Aiken at 302-255-0901
Kent County – Julie Brooks at 302-735-3925
Sussex County – Shelly Swafford – 302-858-5756
|06-03-2020||Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures|
|06-02-2020||As a result of the COVID-19 social distancing needs, Family Court has posted a form for requesting a remote hearing.|
|05-29-2020||As a result of the COVID-19 social distancing needs, the Justice of the Peace Court is offering different ways to resolve cases including holding hearings remotely, if and when possible. Such accommodation can be made through a Request for Defendant Contact Information.|
|05-14-2020||Court of Chancery has issued Standing Order No. 5, Extension of Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures|
Chief Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr. extends Judicial Emergency to June 13, 2020
Administrative Order No. 6—Extension of Judicial Emergency
El Presidente del Tribunal Supremo Collins J. Seitz, Jr. extiende la Emergencia Judicial hasta el 13 de junio de 2020
|05-11-2020||Delaware Bar exam postponed until September|
|05-01-2020||Family Court has posted instructions for Zoom meetings: Zoom Cheat Sheet and Testing Microphone and Camera and Sharing Your Screen & Annotation|
|04-30-2020||Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order No. 5—Use of Face Masks/Coverings in Court Facilities|
|04-23-2020||Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 3 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures|
|04-15-2020||Court of Chancery has issued Standing Order No. 4, Extension of Standing Order No. 2 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures|
|04-15-2020||Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 6 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures|
|04-14-2020||Superior Court has issued Amended Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures|
|04-08-2020||Statement from the Delaware Judiciary on
court collections during the COVID-19 emergency
|04-06-2020||The Supreme Court has issued an
order easing certain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) rules during the COVID emergency
|04-06-2020||The Court of Chancery has issued an
updated Standing Order (No. 3) Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
|04-06-2020||Justice of the Peace Court has issued a statement on bail during the COVID-19 emergency|
|04-03-2020||Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 5 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures|
|04-01-2020||Family Court has issued a statement on the impact of the State of Emergency on Family Court custody and visitation orders|
|04-01-2020||Justice of the Peace Court has issued Civil Case Frequently Asked Questions|
|03-30-2020||Superior Court issues Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures|
|03-27-2020||Court of Common Pleas has issued a Statement to elaborate on procedures in the Court of Common Pleas in accordance with the Supreme Court’s Administrative Order No. 3|
|03-24-2020||To address questions concerning Supreme Court appeals during the current COVID-19 emergency, the Supreme Court has issued FAQs for attorneys and self-represented litigants|
Delaware Family Court details procedures during COVID-19 restrictions
— Family Court will continue to handle emergency requests for Protection from Abuse Orders, emergency child welfare, custody, visitation, and guardianship matters, and limited adult criminal and juvenile delinquency matters.
Contact the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program (DVAP) at 302-255-2609 for help with Protection From Abuse filings. Please review this DVAP document for more information.
El Tribunal de Familia del Estado Delaware explica en detalle los procedimientos durante las restricciones del COVID-19. — El Tribunal de Familia continuará trabajando solicitudes de emergencia para las órdenes de protección contra abuso, de bienestar infantil, custodia, visitas y asuntos de tutela, asuntos penales limitados de adultos y delincuencia juvenil.
|03-19-2020||Court payment centers closed until further notice—Closure is a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 virus|
|03-11-2020||The Administrative Office of the Courts has provided general information on Covid-19.|
|View Previous Statements and Press Releases Regarding COVID-19|
Court Orders and Statements
Arms of the Court/Non-Judicial Agencies
|07-08-2020||Board of Bar Examiners (BBE):
Delaware Board of Bar Examiners announce 2020 Bar Exam to be held at Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington September 9 – 11 New
|05-18-2020||Board of Bar Examiners (BBE):
The 2020 Annual Preceptor's Meeting, previously scheduled for June 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., has been cancelled.
|04-06-2020||Continuing Legal Education (CLE):
The Supreme Court has issued an order easing certain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) rules during the COVID emergency
The Supreme Court has issued an order regarding Delaware Rules for Continuing Education (3-19-2020)
|03-31-2020||Office of the Child Advocate (OCA):
Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) issued a statement on the impact of COVID-19 and how OCA can continue to provide support to children and families during this crisis, and added an online referral link to OCA if you believe a child would benefit from his or her own independent legal representation.
|5-29-2020||Court Interpreter Program:
All court interpreter exams have been indefinitely postponed. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|03-24-2020||Delaware Nursing Home Quality Assurance Commission (DNHRQAC):
Delaware Nursing Home Quality Assurance Commission (DNHRQAC) issued a statement regarding public meetings: Due to COVID-19 State of Delaware Public Health Emergency Order, the next DNHRQAC meeting has not been determined.
|View Previous Arms of the Court/Non-Judicial Agencies Regarding COVID-19|