Delaware Courts are in Phase Two of the reopening plan as of June 15, 2020, allowing the public to return to court facilities. Learn more about the public reopening plan.

For the latest on the Delaware Judiciary response to COVID-19 – and for contact information for each court during this emergency – please visit The Delaware Judiciary Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) page.

The Delaware Judiciary Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)


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.
05-29-2020 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
05-14-2020 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
03-23-2020 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.
If you are are experiencing symptoms of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please call the Division of Public Health at 1-888-295-5156.

Si tiene síntomas del coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCov), llame al departamento de salud pública (Division of Public Health, en inglés) al 1-888-295-5156.

Court Orders and Statements

Supreme Court Orders
07-06-2020 Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order No. 8—Extension of Judicial Emergency New
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 New
06-12-2020 The Supreme Court has issued IN RE COVID-19 Precautionary Measures New
06-05-2020 The Supreme Court has issued IN RE Modification of the Requirements Under Supreme Court Rule 52(a)(8) PDF opens in new window
06-05-2020 The Supreme Court has issued an order requiring the filing of paper copies beginning on July 1, 2020
06-05-2020 The Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order No. 7—Extension of Judicial Emergency
05-13-2020 Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order No. 6—Extension of Judicial Emergency
04-30-2020 Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order No. 5—Use of Face Masks/Coverings in Court Facilities
04-06-2020 The Supreme Court has issued an order easing certain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) rules during the COVID emergency
03-24-2020 The Supreme Court has issued COVID-19 FAQs for Supreme Court Appeals
03-22-2020 The Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order No. 3—Statewide Judiciary Restricted Operations and the Temporary Suspension of Statues of Limitations, Filing Deadlines and Notarization Requirements in All Courts
03-19-2020 The Supreme Court has issued an order regarding Delaware Rules for Continuing Education
03-14-2020 In the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware Order Declaring a Judicial Emergency
Court of Chancery Orders
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.
05-14-2020 Court of Chancery has issued Standing Order No. 5, Extension of Standing Order No. 4 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
04-06-2020 The Court of Chancery has issued an updated Standing Order (No. 3) Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
03-23-2020 Statement from the Court of Chancery Concerning Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 3
03-16-2020 The Court of Chancery has issued an updated Standing Order Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures (3/16/2020)
Superior Court Orders
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
04-03-2020 Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 5 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
03-30-2020 Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
03-18-2020 Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 3 Suspending "Courtesy" Copies to Chambers
03-15-2020 Superior Court has Suspended Jury Trials until April 15, 2020 in a Standing Order Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
Family Court Orders
06-30-2020 Family Court has issued Standing Order #3 Regarding Civil Filing By Email During and After the COVID-19 State of Emergency New
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 New
06-23-2020 Parent Education Classes Now Available Online During COVID-19 Emergency
05-01-2020 Family Court has posted instructions for Zoom meetings: Zoom Cheat Sheet  and Testing Microphone and Camera
04-01-2020 The impact of the State of Emergency on Family Court custody and visitation orders
03-20-2020 Family Court has issued Standing Order #2 regarding Filings during the COVID-19 State of Emergency
Family Court Frequently Asked Questions—Filing during the COVID-19 Judicial Emergency
Court of Common Pleas Orders
06-16-2020 Court of Common Please releases additional information regarding scheduling of cases for June and July 2020 in New Castle County. New
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
03-13-2020 Court of Common Pleas has issued a new standing order to help limit the spread of COVID-19 virus
Justice of the Peace Court Orders
07-08-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 5 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures and Scheduling of Cases New
06-30-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has provided information regarding the COVID-19 LLT Rejection Process New
06-03-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
05-18-2020 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.
04-23-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued 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
04-01-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Civil Case Frequently Asked Questions
03-27-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 2 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
03-14-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued a new standing order to help limit the spread of COVID-19 virus

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 jennifer.figueira@delaware.gov.
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.

General Advisories

06-30-2020 Governor Carney's Twenty-Third Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat —Modification closes eastern Sussex bars to limit spread of COVID-19 in beach communities
View Governor Carney’s State of Emergency declaration and all subsequent modifications .
06-19-2020 Governor Carney's Twenty-Second Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
06-14-2020 Governor Carney's Twenty-First Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
06-08-2020 View the temporary changes to the Office of Defense Services Intake Process due to COVID-19. Visit the Office of Defense Services website for more information regarding services for new and current clients.
05-31-2020 Governor Carney issued the Third Extension of the Declaration of a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware due to a Public Health Threat
05-31-2020 Governor Carney's Twentieth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
05-22-2020 Governor Carney's Nineteenth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
05-18-2020 Governor Carney's Eighteenth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
05-14-2020 Governor Carney's Seventeenth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
04-25-2020 Governor Carney requires Delawareans to wear face coverings in public settings— Governor Carney's Thirteenth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
03-27-2020 List of helpful information/resources during the COVID-19 outbreak from Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
03-18-2020 Family Court Frequently Asked Questions—Filing during the COVID-19 Judicial Emergency
03-16-2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
03-11-2020 The Delaware Department of Human Resources has published Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
For general inquiries about Court operations or other legal issues affected by the COVID emergency, you can submit a question to Ask a Law Librarian. The law librarians are not attorneys; therefore they cannot provide any legal advice. Questions will be answered in the order they are received and it may take up to 72 hours for a response.
For the latest information on the Covid-19 please visit the State of Delaware's informational website on COVID-19. If you have any questions you can contact the State’s Department of Public Health Coronavirus call center by phone at 1-866-408-1899 or by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.