The Delaware Supreme Court is the highest court in the State of Delaware. The Court has final appellate jurisdiction in criminal cases in which the sentence exceeds certain minimums, in civil cases as to final judgments and for certain other orders of the Court of Chancery, the Superior Court, and the Family Court. The Supreme Court has discretionary jurisdiction to issue writs of prohibition, quo warranto, certiorari, mandamus or to accept appeals of certain non-final orders or certified questions.
February 28, 2019
Justice Karen L. Valihura of the Delaware Supreme Court and Chief Judge Michael K. Newell of the Delaware Family Court promoted the virtues of representing indigent litigants to a meeting of the American Bar Association (ABA) held on Feb. 27, 2019 in Wilmington at the law offices of Young Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor..... Read more
January 16, 2019
Luke W. Mette has been named Chief Disciplinary Counsel by the Delaware Supreme Court. Mette will now be in charge of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, an arm of the Delaware Supreme Court. The Office receives, evaluates, investigates, and when warranted, prosecutes complaints of lawyer misconduct and..... Read more
December 17, 2018
In 2018, the General Assembly enacted legislation to reform the system under which courts subject defendants to pretrial conditions of release (House Bill 204 which is now the “Bail Reform Act” or “Act”). Under the Act, the Judiciary was required to come up with a uniform rule by January 1, 2019 to implement the Act’s requirements for bail reform..... Read more
Considers applications for admission and results of examinations for admissions to the Delaware State Bar.
The Delaware Bar Examination will consist of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), two Multistate Performance Tests (MPT) and eight essay questions on such subjects as listed in Board Rule 12. In addition the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is required (see Board Rule 8 for time restriction).
This commission regulates legal education compliance for members of the Delaware State Bar Commission on Continuing Legal Education. In addition, the Commission reviews and processes CLE providers` applications for program approval.
The Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection is a fund created by the Delaware Supreme Court to provide monetary relief to clients who have suffered financial losses as a result of the dishonest conduct of lawyers. While acts of attorney dishonesty are the exceptions and not the rule, the Fund was established to show the good faith of all members of the Delaware Bar.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel ("ODC") is an Arm of the Supreme Court of Delaware, which assists the Court in regulating the practice of law. In this capacity, the ODC is charged with evaluating, investigating, and, if warranted, prosecuting lawyer misconduct. All complaints regarding a Delaware lawyer's conduct should be directed to the ODC.
The Commission was created to develop and publish guidelines and best practices regarding the use of technology and the practice of law. The Commission was created by Order of the Supreme Court on July 1, 2013, and became effective on September 15, 2013. The Commission is composed of 21 members, who are appointed by the Court and serve three year terms.