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Adopts Emergency Court Closure Policy for the Judicial Branch, effective immediately.
Establishes the standards for displaying Chief Justices' and Justices' portraits in the Supreme Court Building in Dover.
Adopts the Judicial Branch "Policies and Procedures for the Management of Casual/Seasonal and Contractual Employees pursuant to the Affordable Care Act."
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.
Adopts Judicial Branch Tobacco-Free Workplace Policy, effective immediately.
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.
Rescinds Administrative Directive No. 108, Third Amendment issued on 4/11/2003. States a Judge is no longer required to file a report of marriage ceremonies performed by that Judge with the Administrative Office of the Courts. Directs a Judge officiating a marriage or civil union ceremony to be responsible for maintaining a copy or the original of the marriage or civil union form.
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.
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.
Modifys 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.
Establishes new reporting requirements of all members of the Delaware Judiciary regarding cases under advisement. Supersedes Administrative Directive 94.

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.

05/12/2009 Rescinds Administrative Directive No. 132.

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.

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.
Creates "Delaware Courts: Fairness for All" Task Force to study perceptions of fairness and the needs of self-represented civil litigants in the Delaware courts, with its focus on those trial courts with the highest proportion of self-represented litigants.
Clarifies the Supreme Court's approach with regard to public access to the administrative records of the Supreme Court.
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 Brach, 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.
Directs rules of the court interpreter program to be adopted and become effective immediately.
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.
Adopts the Judicial Branch Authorized Use Policy for the Communications and Computer Systems.
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.
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.
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.
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 Courthouse.
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.
Sets forth uniform criteria for determining the need for additional judgeships or other judicial officer positions.
Establishes time standards for expediting the administration of capital murder cases.
Establishes time standards for the sole purpose of directing the administration of criminal litigation.
Provides for mandatory training programs for non-judicial staff
Establishes systemwide policy for the Judiciary on the submission of reclassification and salary requests to the State Personnel Office
Establishes a Council of Court Administrators consisting of the State Court Administrator and the Court Administrator from each of the six courts.
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.
Adopts Court Interpreters code of Professional Responsibility
Permits any judge within the Delaware court system to authorize photographic and electronic media coverage in a courtroom and adjacent areas under certain circumstances
Directs that all courts establish procedures to maintain their respective dockets in conformity with the Action Docket Standards
Establishes Uniform Court Statistical Definitions effective 7/1/93

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