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Number
Date
Status Title/Topic
10/15/2014
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Establishes the Criminal Justice Council of the Judiciary.
04/17/2014
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Adopts Emergency Court Closure Policy for the Judicial Branch, effective immediately.
11/25/2013
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Establishes the standards for displaying Chief Justices' and Justices' portraits in the Supreme Court Building in Dover.
10/31/2013
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Adopts the Judicial Branch "Policies and Procedures for the Management of Casual/Seasonal and Contractual Employees pursuant to the Affordable Care Act." (Revised Policies1/26/2015)
08/01/2013
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Establishes courthouse security committees including a statewide court security committee. Directs the statewide court security committee to review security-related policies developed by individual courthouse security committees.
01/02/2013
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Adopts Judicial Branch Tobacco-Free Workplace Policy, effective immediately.
180
Revised
03/11/2013
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Rescinds Administrative Directive 180 which is replaced by this revised Administrative Directive. Directs the hiring review process to remain in effect, which requires that no positions may be filled within the Judicial Branch without prior approval of the Chief Justice, with the exception that career ladder promotions and security positions are not included in this process. Sets certification criteria for the Chief Judge or head of the judicial agency seeking to fill positions. Continues procedures for reporting vacant positions.
05/21/2012

Superseded by revision on 3/11/2013

Rescinds Administrative Directive 174, including its revision. Directs the hiring review process to remain in effect, which requires that no positions may be filled within the Judicial Branch without prior approval of the Chief Justice. Sets certification criteria for the Chief Judge or head of the judicial agency seeking to fill positions. Continues procedures for reporting vacant positions.
05/11/2011
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Adopts Delaware's Judicial Guidelines for Civil Hearings Involving Self-Represented Litigants, which are intended to provide guidance to judicial officers in their efforts to balance self-represented litigants' perceptions of procedural fairness while maintaining neutrality in the courtroom, particularly when one party is self-represented and one has an attorney.
05/12/2010
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Encourages each Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts, including the non-judicial agencies, to adopt a policy addressing the effects of domestic violence on the workplace. Includes a template setting forth a domestic violence policy for their consideration.
05/13/2011
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Modifies the case management modernization project framework and the project name to reflect the new approach adopted by the courts and to ensure that sufficient flexibility exists for the structure to meet the project's needs as it moves forward. Supersedes Administrative Directive 176.
04/06/2010
Superseded by revision on 5/13/11
Modifies the governance structure of the COTS case management system project, including the roles and responsibilities of the committees that would oversee the project. Supersedes Administrative Directive 142.
175
04/01/2010
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Establishes new reporting requirements of all members of the Delaware Judiciary regarding cases under advisement. Supersedes Administrative Directive 94.
11/04/2009
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 180 on 5/21/2012
Supersedes Administrative Directive 174. States a strict hiring review will remain in effect and there will be no positions filled within the Judicial Branch, including all new hires, promotions, interns, casual/seasonal, temporary, limited-term, merit, and exempt positions (temporary, or permanent) without prior approval of the Chief Justice. Selective market variation requests require approval of the Office of Management and Budget and are not being accepted by that Office at this time. The freeze on career ladder promotions is lifted effective 8/27/09 with no retroactivity for awarding career ladder promotions earlier to that date.
08/27/2009
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 174 Revised on 11/4/09
Rescinds Administrative Directives 165 and 166 (Revised). States a strict hiring review will remain in effect and there will be no positions filled within the Judicial Branch, including all new hires, promotions, interns, casual/seasonal, temporary, limited-term, merit, and exempt positions (temporary, or permanent) without prior approval of the Chief Justice. Critical reclassifications and selective market variation requests require approval of the Office of Management and Budget and are not being accepted by that Office at this time. The freeze on career ladder promotions is lifted effective the date of this Directive with no retroactivity for awarding career ladder promotions earlier to that date.
173
Revised
07/01/2010
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015

Governs the use by Judicial Branch employees of the two floating holidays. Introduces the Judicial Branch Transition Floating Holiday Policy which shall become effective July 1, 2010 and sunset on December 31, 2010, at which time the Judicial Branch Floating Holiday Policy shall become effective January 1, 2011 and remain in effect until revised or rescinded.

08/07/2009
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 173 Revised on 07/01/10
Governs the use by Judicial Branch employees of the two floating holidays created by Section 56 of the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Act. Presidents' Day and Columbus Day will no longer be State of Delaware holidays and the Judicial Branch will be open for business on these days.
171
3rd Revision
10/31/2013
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015

Amends the Judicial Branch Personnel Rules adopted in Administrative Directive 171 (Second Revision) to include "gender identity" within Chapter 2, Non-Discrimination, effective immediately. View Judicial Branch Personnel Rules, as amended.

03/01/2013
Superseded by revision on 10/31/2013
Amends the Judicial Branch Personnel Rules adopted in Administrative Directive 171 (Revised) to add new section 5.3.6.8 on the usage of sick leave for regular blood bank donation, effective immediately. View Judicial Branch Personnel Rules, as amended.
04/28/2010
Superseded by revision on 3/11/2013
Amends the Judicial Branch Personnel Rules adopted in Administrative Directive 171 to add a new Chapter 20 containing Employment Relations Rules for non-judicial, non-merit Judicial Branch employees and an Appendix B containing Employment Relations Procedures for these employees, as well as related, forms, and to amend Rule 1.4 of the Judicial Branch Personnel Rules.
02/24/2009
Superseded by revision on 4/28/10
Directs the attached Judicial Branch Personnel Rules shall govern all non-judicial, non-Merit Judicial Branch employees in all courts and agencies, the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Arms of the Supreme Court effective April 1, 2009.
169
Revised
06/18/2012
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Adopts revised policies and procedures for the management of non-appropriated funds. Revised to modify the Multiple Accounts Receipting Schedule, located at AP 002.3.
08/26/2008
167
04/23/2008
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Clarifies the Supreme Court's approach with regard to public access to the administrative records of the Supreme Court.
02/11/2008
Superseded by Administrative Directive 174 on 8/27/09
Directs, effective immediately and until further notice as the result of an unanticipated and substantial shortfall in projected State revenue for the current and upcoming fiscal years, that there will be no positions filled within the Judicial Branch, including new hires, promotions (temporary or permanent) and career ladder promotions without prior approval of the Chief Justice, and directs each Chief Judge and head of a judicial agency to review their FY2009 budget request to determine which items can be eliminated in the FY2009 request.
02/25/2009
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 174 on 8/27/09
Directs the hiring freeze on all Judicial branch positions remain in effect until further notice. This includes all interns, casual/seasonal, temporary, limited-term, merit, and exempt positions, regardless of funding sources, as well as promotions, including career ladder promotions. Critical reclassifications and selective market variation requests are also included in the Judicial Branch hiring freeze, as such requests require approval by the Office of Management and Budget and are not being accepted by the Office.
06/06/2008
Superseded by revision on 6/6/08
Directs a hiring freeze on all Judicial branch positions, with exclusions, regardless of funding sources.
163
09/04/2007
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Directs rules of the court interpreter program to be adopted and become effective immediately.
162
Revised
06/27/2007
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Directs each court, if they have not already done so, to adopt formal public access policies or procedures covering the release of court administrative records and provides a template setting forth a policy related to the release of administrative records for each court's consideration.
159
09/22/2006
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Adopts the Judicial Branch Authorized Use Policy for the Communications and Computer Systems.
158 12/15/2004
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
States that all future funds generated by pro hac vice assessments shall be distributed to fund the Arms of the Supreme Court unless otherwise ordered by the Court.
05/12/2004
Superseded by revision on 10/8/04
Adopts the Policies for the Management of Non-Appropriated Funds in the form attached. However, it is duly noted that the Committee predicated its work on the future existence of a court-wide automated financial management and case management system otherwise known as COTS (Commercial Off the Shelf).
155
2nd Revision
11/29/2005
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Amends Administrative Directive No. 155 (4/5/04) by indefinitely extending the experimental period of electronic media coverage of judicial proceedings in trial courts until further Directive from the Court.
10/25/2004
Superseded by revision on 11/29/05
Amends Administrative Directive No. 155 by extending the experimental period permitting electronic media coverage of judicial proceedings under specific guidelines from October 15, 2004 to May 16, 2005.
154
Revised
11/03/2006
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Orders any court or judicial branch agency wishing to submit a request for grant funds that will be used for personnel costs establishing new positions to receive the permission of the Chief Justice to submit the grant application.
1/29/04
Rescinds Administrative Directive No. 114 and directs any court or judicial agency wishing to submit a request for grant funds to initiate or supplement an existing program to follow the procedure explained in the directive
01/29/2004
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 160 on 11/3/06
Creates the Permanent Advisory Committee on Administrative Efficiency in the Judicial Branch.
08/15/2003
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 160 on 11/3/06
Implements uniform principles on staffing of pre-holiday days and employee recognitions to all Courts statewide and directs them to be managed by the presiding judges. Also rescinds Administrative Directive No. 140.
02/20/2003
Amended by Administrative Directive 146 on 7/1/03

Creates the New Castle County Courthouse Art Committee to explore opportunities for the loan or purchase of works of art and to recommend appropriate locations to display those works of art in the New Castle County Courthouse.

12/06/2002
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 158 on 12/15/04
Adopts the attached amended protocol relating to the Administrative Directive dated April 10, 2001, relating to pro hac vice funds which shall govern the awarding of grants from these funds henceforth.
11/27/2002
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 157 on 10/7/04
Assigns Honorable Randy J. Holland to the role of Liaison Justice to the Administrative Office of the Courts.
10/23/2002
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 152 on 12/24/03
Announces Judicial Branch ban on the hiring of personnel, except upon the written approval of the Chief Justice, effective November 1, 2002 and until further notice.
142
2nd Revision
05/16/2006
Superseded by Administrative Directive 176 on 4/6/10
Declares that the Delaware Judiciary shall purchase and implement the selected COTS system for all courts, including the Justice of the Peace Court, the Court of Common Pleas, the Family Court, the Superior Court, the Court of Chancery and the Supreme Court.
10/08/2004
Establishes committees and procedures to help implement the ACS system for all courts based upon the Final Report of the UPC Committee (Original Administrative Directive 142 on 8/15/02).
06/21/2002
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 149 on 8/15/03
Permits each court in the State and each staff office, at the discretion of the presiding judge or supervisor, to close the court or office for all or part of July 5, 2002.
02/25/2002
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 141 on 7/1/02
Declares a Judicial Branch ban on the hiring of personnel, except upon the written approval of the Chief Justice, effective this date and until further notice.
06/17/2013
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Directs the Courthouse Operations Policy Committee to promulgate operating policy on issues common to all courts for usage of and services for the New Castle County Courthouse. The Committee shall concentrate on court-wide policy and areas of expressed mutual interest to include: security and safety, facility and operations.
11/03/2006
Directs the Courthouse Operations Policy Committee to promulgate operating policy on issues common to all courts for usage of and services for the courthouse.
02/25/2002
Creates a Courthouse Operations Policy Committee to formulate policy for the establishment of policies to coordinate common services and for the efficient usage of the building. (Revised 10/8/04)
134
10/30/2001
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Sets forth uniform criteria for determining the need for additional judgeships or other judicial officer positions.
11/01/2002
Establishes a minimum standard of competency for persons engaged in the practice of court reporting, and allows for the governance of court reporters effective immediately and until terminated by further Administrative Directive.
10/15/2001
Establishes the Board on Certified Court Reporters.
131
07/11/2001
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Establishes time standards for expediting the administration of capital murder cases.
130
07/11/2001
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Establishes time standards for the sole purpose of directing the administration of criminal litigation.
04/10/2001
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 158 on 12/15/04
Adopts a Protocol relating to Pro Hac Vice Funds and shall govern the awarding of grants from these funds.
09/01/2000
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 160 on 11/3/06
Creates designated position of Supreme Court Administrator. Link to organizational charts mentioned in Administrative Directive #126.
06/27/2000
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Provides for mandatory training programs for non-judicial staff
06/20/2000
Superseded by Administrative Directive 156 on 10/8/04
Establishes a uniform accounting system for all Delaware Courts.
06/20/2000
Superseded by Judicial Branch Personnel Rules - Administrative Directive 171 (3rd Revision) on 10/31/2013
Establishes systemwide policy for the Judiciary on the submission of reclassification and salary requests to the State Personnel Office
03/06/2006
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Establishes a Council of Court Administrators consisting of the State Court Administrator and the Court Administrator from each of the six courts.
06/20/2000
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 122 on 3/6/06 Creates Council of Court Administrators.
05/26/2011
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Adopts a uniform Code of Conduct for Judicial Branch Employees that applies to all full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, and contractual non-judicial personnel, whether paid or unpaid. Supersedes Administrative Directive 115.
01/05/1998
Adopts a "Code of Conduct for Court Employees" effective February 1, 1998
02/01/1997
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 160 on 11/3/06 Supersedes Administrative Directive No. 104. Sets up subcommittee to oversee the technology planning and management of systemwide technology.
04/11/2003
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 179 on 12/22/11
Sets up central file record and docket of marriages performed by Delaware judges and directs it to be maintained by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
06/11/1996
Superseded by Administrative Directive 108 Third Amendment on 4/11/03 Sets up central file record and docket of marriages performed by Delaware judges.
05/10/1996
Superseded by Amended Administrative Directive 108 on 6/11/96 Sets up central file record and docket of marriages performed by judges of Delaware.
04/04/1996
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Adopts Court Interpreters code of Professional Responsibility
02/09/1996 Effective 02/01/1996
Superseded by Administrative Directive No. 110 on 2/1/97 Re-establishes the Technology Coordinating Committee as an Advisory Committee to Chief Justice. This Directive supersedes Administrative Directive No. 99, dated 11/15/94.
11/15/1995
Superseded by Administrative Directive 171 on 2/24/09 Modifies Judicial Branch Personnel Rules at Chapter Two (2)-Confidential Service to include classifications of Executive Secretary, Administrative Secretary and Typist, Stenographic and Secretarial (Family Court)
01/10/1995
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 160 on 11/3/06 Rescinds Administrative Directive No. 53, dated June 1, 1983. Provides for Rotation of Superior Court Judges shall be on an "as needed" basis.
11/15/1994
Superseded by Administrative Directive 104 on 2/9/96 Establishes the Delaware Technology Committee.
09/27/1994
Superseded by Administrative Directive 171 on 2/24/09 Adopts new Judicial Branch Personnel Rules governing all non-judicial, non-merit employees
02/28/1994
Superseded by Administrative Directive 117 on 4/1/98 Implements Senate Joint Resolution No. 28 establishing a Commission on Major Commercial Litigation Reform.
02/01/1994
Superseded by Administrative Directive 175 on 4/1/10
Establishes proper reporting procedures.
01/12/1994
Superseded by Administrative Directive 155 on 4/5/2004
Permits any judge within the Delaware court system to authorize photographic and electronic media coverage in a courtroom and adjacent areas under certain circumstances
12/21/1993
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Directs that all courts establish procedures to maintain their respective dockets in conformity with the Action Docket Standards
07/27/1993
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 160 on 11/3/06
Establishes fees and costs for the Court of Common Pleas effective 7/30/93.
02/04/1993
Rescinded by Administrative Directive 187 on 8/19/2015
Establishes Uniform Court Statistical Definitions effective 7/1/93

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