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   NEWS AT FIRST GLANCE June 23, 2015
Kent County Superior Court High School Internship Program

From July 20 through July 24, seventeen high school students will participate in the Court's internship program. The interns will learn about the court system, the trial process, tour the courthouse and meet and talk with judges, the prothonotary staff, bailiffs, court reporters, security officers and attorneys.

They will observe various court proceedings such as trials, mental health court, hearings, and arraignments. The week will end with the interns participating in mock trials on July 24. 
Superior Court Welcomes Our New Court Administrator

On June 1, 2015 Mark Zaffarano became our Court Administrator. He brings years of experience to Superior Court from his work at both state and federal trial courts. He is graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Government, holds an M.P.A. in Public Administration with a specialization in Judicial Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration with a specialization in Court Administration from George Mason University. Mark also graduated from the Court Executive Development Program sponsored by the National Center for State Courts’ Institute for Court Management. He is an advisory board founding member of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management (MAACM).
Order Amending Criminal Rule 61(e)(5) and (e)(6)

Effective June 1, 2015 Criminal Rule 61(e)(5) and (e)(6) regarding the appointment of counsel and the withdrawal of counsel is amended. View Order >>
7th Annual Veterans Legal Assistance Conference

Kent County Superior Court Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. was a panelist at the 7th Annual Veterans Legal Assistance Conference at the University of Baltimore School of Law on June 5, 2015. He discussed the development of the Veterans Treatment Court in Delaware.

The conference provided a forum on critical legal issues for lawyers interested in representing veterans in claims for service-connected disability benefits, child support, veterans treatment courts and reemployment issues.
Superior Court Bench-Bar Liaison Program

Effective May 20, 2015, Administrative Directive 2015-4 amends the program and supersedes Administrative Directive 2011-5. The Bench-Bar Program established civil and criminal liaisons who serve at the pleasure of the Superior Court and act as intermediaries between the court practitioners and the resident judge or appointed liaison judge for each county. The liaisons are a point of contact to address issues between practitioners and the court. Practitioners’ communications with the liaisons remain confidential unless the practitioner agrees otherwise and communications originating from the court will be confidential among the practitioners involved.
New Castle County Superior Court High School Internship Program

The Honorable Lynne M. Parker is the coordinator of the Court’s first high school internship program, July 13-July 17, 2015.  The one-week internship program is designed to introduce high school students to the inner workings of the Delaware court system.
Students will get a taste of each of the courts: Superior Court, Chancery Court, Court of Common Pleas and Family Court. They will observe court proceedings, meet judicial officers, and learn about our state court system. Luncheon speakers will provide face-to-face talks with former Superior Court Judge Charles H. Toliver IV, Charles Oberly III, Esq., and others.
Distinguished Jurist Honoree

At the April 6, 2015 Widener University, Delaware Law School's Distinguished Jurist Moot Court Competition, the Honorable Mark S. Vavala was the ‘Distinguished Jurist Honoree’. He served as the competition’s chief justice.
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