Richard F. Stokes
The Honorable Richard F. Stokes became a Judge of the Superior Court
of Delaware on March 23, 1999.
Judge Stokes graduated with honors from Colgate University in 1967 and
received his J.D. from Duke
University in 1970 receiving an American Jurisprudence Award in criminal law.
He was a Superior Court law clerk for President Judge Albert J. Stiftel
(1970-1971). He was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1970. He served
as legal advisor with rank of Captain in the United States Air Force
from 1971 to 1975 where he was awarded the United States Air Force Commendation
Medal, and in 1975, received recognition for professional trial representation
from Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force and the Judge Advocate
Judge Stokes practiced law in Delaware since 1975 and was the managing
partner of Tunnell and Raysor, P.A. He was a member of the Delaware
Board of Professional Responsibility, Board of Bar Examiners, and Delaware
Insurance Authority. Among other activities, he was chairman, Board
of Trustees of Delaware Technical and Community College. He is a charter
member of the Terry-Carey American Inn of Court. Judge Stokes also served
as Resident Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Georgetown, Delaware
from 1996 until 1999.
Judge Stokes' present term ends April 15, 2023.