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  • November 16, 2020 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FROM THE THE DELAWARE JUDICIARY...

    DELAWARE COURT FACILITIES ROLL BACK TO PHASE 2 OF REOPENING PLAN....

    TO VIEW ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER.....CLICK HERE

    TO VIEW PRESS RELEASE.....CLICK HERE


  • November 10, 2020 11:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IN OBSERVANCE OF VETERAN'S DAY, THE FOLLOWING WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 11TH: 

    DELAWARE FEDERAL COURTS

    DELAWARE STATE COURTS

    NEW CASTLE COUNTY OFFICES

    KENT COUNTY OFFICES

    SUSSEX COUNTY OFFICES 


  • November 05, 2020 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE IN RE COVID-19

    § PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES

    § ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 12

    EXTENSION OF JUDICIAL EMERGENCY

    On this 2nd day of November 2020: WHEREAS, under the Delaware Constitution, Article IV, § 13, the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court is the administrative head of all the courts in the State and has general administrative and supervisory powers over all the courts;

    WHEREAS, under 10 Del. C. § 2004(a), the Chief Justice, in consultation with other members of the Supreme Court, has the authority to “declare a judicial emergency when the Chief Justice determines that there are emergency circumstances affecting 1 or more court facilities;”

    WHEREAS, under 10 Del. C. § 2004(a), “emergency circumstances” includes “disease … or other natural or man made causes [affecting] the ability to access the courthouses, or the ability to staff courts;”

    WHEREAS, under 10 Del. C. § 2004(c), an order declaring a judicial emergency is limited to an initial duration of not more than 30 days, but may be modified or extended for additional periods of 30 days each;

    WHEREAS, under his authority set forth in 20 Del. C. ch. 31, Governor John C. Carney, on March 12, 2020, declared a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware due to the public health threat caused by COVID-19, and extended the State of Emergency on April 10, 2020, May 8, 2020, June 6, 2020, July 6, 2020, August 5, 2020, and September 3, 2020;

    WHEREAS, under 10 Del. C. § 2004, the Chief Justice, in consultation with other members of the Supreme Court, declared a judicial emergency that went into effect on March 16, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., and extended the judicial emergency in orders dated April 14, 2020, May 14, 2020, June 5, 2020, July 6, 2020, August 5, 2020, and September 4, 2020; 

    WHEREAS, on May 26, 2020, the Courts Reopening Committee established by the Chief Justice submitted an interim report recommending a four-phase approach to reopening the courthouses to additional employees and the public;

    WHEREAS, in an order dated June 5, 2020, the Chief Justice accepted the recommendations of the Courts Reopening Committee and the Justice of the Peace Court for reopening;

    WHEREAS, Phase 1 of the Courts Reopening Plan commenced on June 8, 2020, and Phase 2 of the Reopening Plan commenced on June 15, 2020;

    WHEREAS, the Courts Reopening Committee submitted to the Chief Justice, in August 2020, a plan for resuming jury trials (“Jury Management Plan”) attached as Exhibit 1 to an order dated September 4, 2020 (“Administrative Order No. 10”);

    WHEREAS, on September 4, 2020, the Chief Justice accepted the Jury Management Plan, and, subject to further review if COVID-19 conditions deteriorated, determined that Phase 3 of the Reopening Plan, as set forth in Administrative Order No. 10, would commence on October 5, 2020;

    WHEREAS, on October 2, 2020, the Chief Justice extended the judicial emergency effective October 6, 2020;

    WHEREAS, on October 2, 2020, the Governor extended the State of Emergency in Delaware, reflecting the continuing threat COVID-19 poses to Delaware citizens;

    WHEREAS, on October 5, 2020, Phase 3 of the Court’s Reopening Plan, as modified in Administrative Order No. 10 commenced;

    WHEREAS, COVID-19 continues to pose a serious risk to public health and safety of Delawareans, requiring the courts to continue a careful, phased reopening of judicial facilities to reduce the risk that COVID-19 poses to jurors, parties, witnesses, lawyers, judges, and court staff and the public who enter judicial facilities; and

    WHEREAS, the Chief Justice, in consultation with the other members of the Supreme Court, the presiding judges, and health experts, has determined that extension of the judicial emergency is necessary; 

    NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED that: (1) Under the authority of 10 Del. C. § 2004, the judicial emergency for all State courts and their facilities in Delaware is extended for another 30 days effective November 5, 2020, subject to further review. (2) The courts shall continue to operate under Phase 3 of the Court’s Reopening Plan, as modified in Administrative Order No. 10. (3) In light of the continuing threat COVID-19 poses to public health, all courts in the State are authorized, to the greatest extent possible under 10 Del. C. § 2008, to continue to utilize audiovisual devices at their facilities and remotely to conduct proceedings (except for jury trials) for the duration of this order. (4) During the period of judicial emergency, all time requirements under the Speedy Trial Guidelines are tolled. (5) Administrative Order No. 3 regarding the suspension of any requirements for sworn declarations, verifications, certificates, statements, oaths, or affidavits in filings with the Supreme Court, the Court of Chancery, the Superior Court, the Family Court, the Court of Common Pleas, or the Justice of the Peace Court will remain in effect. (6) Each courthouse shall continue to provide a method, such as a dropbox or mailing address, for attorneys and the public to fill out and file paper documents if electronic filing is not available to them. For such cases, the courts shall continue to provide, when practical, an email address for attorneys and the public to email paper documents which will be considered filed with the court when received. (7) The Clerk of the Court is directed to transmit forthwith a certified copy of this Order to the clerk of each trial court in each county.

    BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE: /s/ Collins J. Seitz, Jr. Chief Justice 


    VIEW ORDER HERE

  • October 15, 2020 11:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE

    The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware instituted an annual process to review and consider comments and revisions to its Local Rules.

    The comment period is October 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020.  Any comments should be emailed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware at the following email address:  

    Local_Rules@deb.uscourts.gov or emailed to Kimberly LaMaina at kimberly.lamaina@skadden.com.

    All comments received will be discussed by the Local Rules Committee to ascertain if there will be a revision to the Local Rules.

    Any revisions to the Local Rules will be posted on the Court's website and will be effective 

    February 1, 2021.

    Questions for the Local Rules Committee should be addressed to Kimberly LaMaina at

    (302) 651-3184, kimberly.lamaina@skadden.com.

    TO VIEW THIS RELEASE ON THE COURT'S WEBSITE......CLICK HERE


  • October 03, 2020 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DELAWARE COURTS MOVE TO A MODIFIED PHASE 3 OF REOPENING PLAN; 

    CHIEF JUSTICE EXTENDS JUDICIAL EMERGENCY TO NOVEMBER 4TH

    TO VIEW THE PRESS RELEASE.....CLICK HERE

    TO VIEW THE ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER.....CLICK HERE


  • September 15, 2020 3:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

    FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE

    Public Notice

    PHASE 2 OPERATIONS IN EFFECT BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

    Pursuant to the Standing Order RE: Criminal and Civil Jury Selections; Jury Trials; and

    Transition to Phase 2, dated September 1, 2020, the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Delaware will begin to operate under Phase 2 of the Districts Re-Opening Guidelines effective Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

    This transition has no direct impact on any particular proceeding in either the District or Bankruptcy Court. Instead, case-specific decisions will be made by the presiding Judge. The Court will continue to monitor conditions in Delaware and the surrounding region and consider the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal, state and local public health authorities.


  • September 15, 2020 12:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    September 14, 2020

    Delaware Courts resume issuing “failure to appear” bench warrants.

    Courts stopped issuing certain warrants at start of the pandemic.

    As part of the Delaware Judiciary’s ongoing reopening efforts, the Delaware Courts will today resume issuing bench warrants for individuals who fail to appear for certain proceedings. The courts had stopped issuing these types of warrants at the beginning of the pandemic, when court facilities were closed to the public for several weeks as a safety precaution. Court facilities reopened to the public on June 15 and the Delaware Courts are now in Phase 2 of a four-phased reopening plan and are working on moving to Phase 3, and the return of jury trials, in October. Today’s announcement means if a person is scheduled to appear in one of Delaware’s Courts for a criminal or traffic matter, or any matter scheduled in Family Court, that individual must appear as instructed on their court notice or by court staff (either remotely or in person), or they face the possibility of arrest. If you received a notice from a Delaware Court, please review it carefully and follow the instructions provided. Many court matters are now being held virtually and, in those cases, individuals are expected to appear via phone or computer connection/video instead of in person. If an individual fails to appear as scheduled – and this includes a failure to appear for a virtual event – and does not contact the court, a capias (bench warrant) may be issued for that individual’s arrest. If you have any questions about appearing in court, please contact the court location where your case is scheduled.

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