Justice of the Peace Court Develops Speaker's Bureau
The Justice of the Peace court recently initiated a Speaker's Bureau. This effort is being undertaken in an effort to help the community better understand the process and procedures of the Court. The Speaker's Bureau also provides a tool to educate community members on the Court's initiatives and projects. The court expects efforts will provide a significant benefit to the community and to the court where many of the litigants are self-represented.
The Justice of the Peace Court has reached out to many community groups regarding the availability of the Speaker's Bureau including Rotary Clubs, Elks Lodges and the American Legion. The Court also has a request form located on the Justice of the Peace Court webpage, http://courts.delaware.gov/JPCourt/speaker.stm. This link allows any member of the community to request a speaker on specific topics from the court's perspective, such as landlord/tenant issues, self-representation, becoming a Justice of the Peace, collections practices, the DUI process and search warrants.
Judges who have participated in the Bureau have received highly favorable reviews and have enjoyed the experience immensely. "Too often, the perception of the community is that the judges' only involvement with the community is from the bench," said Jody Huber, Staff Attorney for the Justice of the Peace Court. "This is only one of the steps that we are taking to change that perception and become involved with the community in a very positive way outside of the courtroom."