Most Justice of the Peace Court locations will be closed Monday, September 5, 2016 for the Labor Day holiday. Only Justice of the Peace Courts 11 (New Castle County), 7 (Kent County) and 3 (Sussex County) will be open.

Justice of the Peace Court

Who We

Are


As the place where justice starts, it is the mission of the Justice of the Peace Court to serve the people of Delaware by efficient and accessible administration of justice for all, and to treat all persons with integrity, fairness, and respect. Legal Jurisdiction of the Justice of the Peace Court is explained in our Jurisdiction section.


Hours & Locations
Hours & Locations

Find office hours, street address', directions, parking, and phone numbers.


Mission, Vision & Goals
Mission, Vision & Goals

Our mission is to serve the people of Delaware by efficient and accessible justice.


History
History

As early as the 1600's, Justices of the Peace were commissioned to handle minor cases.


Jurisdiction
Jurisdiction

The Justice of the Peace Courts are authorized by the Constitution of Delaware.


Judicial Officers
Judicial Officers

Meet the members of the Justice of the Peace Court that represent Delaware.


Speaker's Bureau
Speaker's Bureau

The Speaker's Bureau talks with local organizations about Court procedures.



Court Rules
Court Rules

Rules of the Delaware State Courts including: Legal Memoranda and Policy Directives.



When Coming to

Court

Appropriate Attire

Appropriate Attire

Cellphone Policy

Cellphone Policy

Special Needs

Special Needs

FAQs

FAQs

Legal Glossary

Legal Glossary

Truancy Court

Truancy Court



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Updated Civil Post Judgment Procedures forms (CF14A and CF14A3J)

Effective August 17, 2106: Changes have been made to the current Civil Post Judgment Procedures document (CF14A) to remove all items relating to three judge panel; language has been added regarding Title 10 Del. C. § 9567(b) and paragraphs have been re-ordered. A new document has been created CIVIL POST JUDGMENT PROCEDURES – THREE JUDGE PANE (CF14A3J). This new document is to be sent with the Judgment Order for those cases which involved a Three Judge Pane. Forms CF14A and CF14A3J can be found on the Justice of the Peace Court’s website under forms.


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Updated Civil Complaint form (CF01)

Effective August 3, 2106 - The Justice of the Peace Court has updated their Civil Complaint Form CF01. An additional line for addresses for Plaintiff and Defendant has been added. Please note the message above the address now reflects a new form and process CF01AP "COMPLAINT FORM – ADDITIONAL PARTIES." When filing a case, if there are more than two parties (either Plaintiff or Defendant), the court now will require the filer to use the new form CF01AP and submit to the court with Complaint Form CF01. Please replace the old complaint form and download the updated version along with the new Additional Parties document to use with new filings


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Justice of the Peace Court Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Joining the Delaware Court System

At noon on May 11 at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover, Court officials including Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. and Delaware Chief Magistrate Alan Davis, along with Governor Jack A. Markell and leaders from the Delaware General Assembly, gathered to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Justice of the Peace Court formally joining the Delaware State Court system. Read More...


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Updated Instructions for Levy of Property (Form CF16)

Effective April 13, 2016—The Justice of the Peace Civil Courts have updated their levy forms and process. File a request that the constable levy upon the Judgment Debtor's property. This is done by filing a Civil Form 16 (Levy). The party whom the judgment was awarded to shall be listed as the Judgment Creditor and the party whom the judgment was awarded against is the judgment debtor. The address you provide for the Judgment Debtor on the CF16 is the address where the constable shall attempt to serve the levy.

If you know of specific property owned by the Judgment Debtor which you wish the constable to levy upon, you must list the property on a separate sheet of paper and attach it with your filing. Please note, it is at the Constable's discretion to select which items are levied upon. Attaching a list does not guarantee that these items will be levied upon.

Judgment Creditors wishing for the Constable to attempt to levy upon the Judgment Debtor's motor vehicle(s) (including a mobile home) must obtain a Certificate of Lien from the Department of Motor Vehicles for the judgment debtor's motor vehicle(s) and attach said Certificate(s) to your filing. Filers will notice the omission of Civil Form No 21 (Levy Inventory and Appraisement). Civil Form 21 will become a court generated form issued by the court directly to the constable for use. Filers will no longer need to attach the Civil Form 21 when filing their levy request. For more information go to http://courts.delaware.gov/help/judgments/jp-revive.aspx.


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Delaware Courts to increase e-document fee

December 8, 2015—Five of Delaware's six courts will be adjusting the technology fee for the electronic filing of documents in order to defray the costs of expanding the Delaware Courts' e-filing system...


Civil Filing Fee Increase

Civil Filing Fee Increase

Effective September 1, 2015, there will be an increase in some of our civil filing fees. View a complete list of our Civil Court Fees.


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Justice of the Peace Court 20 New Hours

Effective Saturday, June 6, 2015 and until further notice, Justice of the Peace Court 20 will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. The hours for Court 20 will now be Monday through Friday from 08:00 am until 12 midnight. This change in hours is necessitated because of the retirements of several judges in New Castle County at the end of May causing a shortage of judicial officers in New Castle County in the immediate future. We anticipate the appointment of new judges soon which will be followed by required judicial training. We will re-evaluate the operating hours for Court 20 in early October when we anticipate our judicial staffing to return to normal. We will be making some staffing changes at Justice of the Peace Court 11 for this time period in order to better accommodate the needs of the public and police agencies.



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