Superior Court has statewide original jurisdiction over criminal and civil
cases, except equity cases, over which the Court
of Chancery has exclusive jurisdiction, and domestic relations matters,
which jurisdiction is vested with the Family
The Court's authority to award damages is not subject to a monetary maximum.
The Court hears cases of personal injury, libel and slander and contract
claims. The Court also tries cases involving medical malpractice, legal
malpractice, property cases involving mortgage foreclosures, mechanics
liens, condemnations, and appeals related to landlord-tenant disputes
and appeals from the Automobile Arbitration Board.
The Court has exclusive jurisdiction over felonies and drug offenses (except
most felonies and drug offenses involving minors and except possession
of marijuana cases).
Superior Court has jurisdiction over involuntary commitments
of the mentally ill to the Delaware Psychiatric Center.
The Court serves as an intermediate appellate
court, hearing appeals on the record from the Court
of Common Pleas, Family Court (adult criminal), and more than 50 administrative
agencies including the Industrial Accident Board, Unemployment Insurance
Appeal Board, Zoning and Adjustment Boards, and other quasi-judicial bodies.
Appeals from Alderman's Courts and Justice
of the Peace Courts are heard on trials de novo (second trials)
in Superior Court. Appeals from Superior Court are argued on the record
before the Supreme Court.