Welcome Message From Chief Judge Alex J. Smalls
Welcome to the Court of Common Pleas web site. The judges and the staff are committed to serving the public by providing fair and
efficient proceedings which foster public trust and confidence. Consistent with this philosophy, this site is designed to give you useful and practical information about the Court and how to access its services. The Court of Common Pleas in its present organizational structure can trace its existence back to the early 1900s, with service to the people of the state of Delaware.
Presently, the Court consists of nine judges, five in New Castle County, two in Kent County and two in Sussex County. There is one Commissioner for New Castle and one shared Commissioner for Kent and Sussex Counties. It is one of the busiest courts in the State of Delaware exercising jurisdiction in misdemeanor criminal offenses, traffic violations, civil matters where the amount in controversy does not exceed $50,000, preliminary hearings in felony matters and appellate jurisdiction for Justice of the Peace Court and motor vehicle hearing appeals.
The Court has several problem-solving courts, which consist of a Drug Diversion Program, a Community Dispute Resolution Program, and a Mental Health Court. The Court continues to explore ways to deliver services in the most efficient and cost-effective method.
I encourage you to review the information provided and invite your comments regarding improvements in accessibility or comprehension. Additionally, we have included forms, which you may find helpful in utilizing the court services.