Delaware Courts have returned to Phase Two of the reopening plan as of November 16, 2020. 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.

On Monday, May 31, 2021, most Justice of the Peace Court locations will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Only Justice of the Peace Court 11 (New Castle County), Court 7 (Kent County) and Court 3 (Sussex County) will remain open.

Speaker's Bureau


The Justice of the Peace Court has developed a Speakers Bureau, consisting of Judges and court staff to speak to local organizations about the procedures of the Court. The list of topics (below) include civil procedure, criminal proceedings, history of the court and employment. There is no charge for a speaking engagement and our hope is to help the community better understand the processes and procedures of the Court so that individuals can more effectively use our court without confusion or frustration.

To schedule a speaker for any of the topics on the list, please complete the Speaker Request Form (Word version) and send it to:

Chief Magistrate’s Office
5 East Pine Street
Georgetown, DE 19947


Speaker's Bureau List of Topics


Civil
Starting and Defending a Civil Action in JP Court
Landlord/tenant issues
Businesses in JP Court Proceedings
Do I need a lawyer?
Collection practices

Criminal
Police prosecution process
How do judges set bail?
What happens when someone is arrested?
DUI process
Ordinance cases
Arrest & search warrants
Mental health/criminal justice issues

Miscellaneous
Truancy Court
How do you become a Justice of the Peace?
History of the JP Court
Employment in the court system
Limited English speakers and the Courts