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  • July 06, 2021 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FROM DELAWARE JUDICIARY: 

    DELAWARE COURTS TO LIFT JUDICIAL EMERGENCY ON JULY 13TH AND LIFT MASK MANDATE FOR THE FULLY VACCINATED ON JULY 1ST 

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW PRESS RELEASE

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 

    FROM U.S. DISTRICT COURT, DISTRICT OF DELAWARE: 

    2021 ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED....LEARN MORE


  • June 23, 2021 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FROM DE U.S. DISTRICT COURT:

    RETURN TO PRE-PANDEMIC PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING SEALED CRIMINAL FILINGS....LEARN MORE

    5TH AMENDED STANDING ORDER RE: USE OF VIDEO AND TELECONFERENCE IN CERTAIN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS.....LEARN MORE

    FROM DE SUPREME COURT:  ORDER EFFECTIVE JULY 6TH AMENDING RULES 7, 9, 20, 26, 26.1......LEARN MORE


  • June 18, 2021 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good Afternoon:

    As you may know, today President Biden signed into law legislation creating a federal holiday to commemorate Juneteenth (observed June 19). Because June 19 falls on a Saturday, the Courthouse will be closed tomorrow, June 18, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.


  • June 15, 2021 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Delaware State Courts will be closed Friday June 18, 2021 in honor of Juneteenth. Justice of the Peace Courts 11 (New Castle County), 7 (Kent County), and 3 (Sussex County) will remain open.


  • June 08, 2021 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FROM THE DE COURTS WEBSITE: 

    We will be conducting maintenance on several systems on June 10th starting at 4PM until June 14th at 12AM. This will include File and ServeDelaware, eFlex, Court Connect, and Public Access. During this time, these systems will not be available. Please plan accordingly. File and ServeXpress will remain available during this time..


  • June 08, 2021 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    6TH AMENDED ORDER GOVERNING THE CONDUCT OF HEARINGS AND RECONSTITUTING OPERATIONS....LEARN MORE


  • May 26, 2021 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DELAWARE COURTS MOVE TO PHASE 3 OF REOPENING PLAN; RESTART JURY TRIALS JUNE 1ST; CHIEF JUSTICE EXTENDS JUDICIAL EMERGENCY TO JULY 2ND 2021: 

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

    TO VIEW ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER.....CLICK HERE


  • May 26, 2021 10:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ALL DE FEDERAL COURTS; DE STATE COURTS* AND OFFICES; AND COUNTY OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 31TH IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY.   

    FROM DE BANKRUPTCY COURT: 

    NOTICE RE: UST CHAPTER 11 REPORTS.....LEARN MORE

    FROM DE DISTRICT COURT: 

    STANDING ORDER RE: TRANSITION TO PHASE 3......LEARN MORE

    *JP COURTS 11, 7, & 3 WILL REMAIN OPEN* 


  • May 26, 2021 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

    FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE

    IN RE: COURT OPERATIONS UNDER : STANDING ORDER

    THE EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES :

    CREATED BY COVID-19 : TRANSITION TO PHASE 3

    AND NOW, this 25th day of May, 2021, pursuant to recently-updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO), the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), and on the recommendation of the Court’s Re-Opening Committee, which has conferred throughout the pandemic to draft and adopt Court operating and reopening guidelines,

    IT IS HEREBY ORDERED as follows:

    1. The District of Delaware will begin to operate under Phase 3 of the Re-Opening Guidelines on June 7, 2021. Phase 3 begins a return to normal court operations and permits the Court to fully resume on-site and public-facing activities, including court proceedings, at the discretion of the presiding judge in each individual case.

    2. As of the date of this Order, the Court remains able to conduct only one jury trial at a time. It is expected that with the easing of social distancing requirements (see below) and improving health conditions the Court will soon be able to expand to conducting multiple simultaneous jury trials (although jury selection is likely to be limited to one trial per day).

    3. Following the Twenty-Ninth Modification of the Declaration of a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware issued by Governor John Carney, effective May 21, 2021, masks will continue to be required in all public common areas, and social distancing requirements will be reduced from six feet to three feet in all areas of the courthouse. See also In re: Use of Face Mask/Coverings in Public Areas of the District and Bankruptcy Courts, Revised Standing Order (July 16, 2020) (available at https://www.ded.uscourts.gov/sites/ded/files/news/ORDER%20FACE%20COVERING%207-16-20.pdf).

    4. Presiding judges will determine if and when masks may be removed in the courtroom.

    5. The Court will continue to monitor conditions with respect to coronavirus in Delaware and the surrounding region and will consider guidance from the CDC and other federal, state, and local public health authorities, and will modify its procedures as warranted.

    FOR THE COURT:

    /s/ Leonard P. Stark

    Chief District Judge


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