Statement to elaborate on procedures in the Court of Common Pleas in accordance with the Supreme Court’s Administrative Order No. 3. Read statement.
Delaware Courts are currently in Phase Three of the reopening plan as of June 1, 2021. Learn more about the public reopening plan.
For the latest on the Delaware Judiciary response to COVID-19 – and for contact information for each court during this emergency – please visit The Delaware Judiciary Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) page.
The Delaware Courts will be closed Friday June 18, 2021 in honor of Juneteenth. Justice of the Peace Courts 11 (New Castle County), 7 (Kent County), and 3 (Sussex County) will remain open.
Some Court of Common Pleas Proceedings Are Virtual
The Court of Common Pleas is resuming Non-Jury Trials effective June 1, 2020. All Non-Jury Trials are in-person, and you must appear in-person at the courthouse as scheduled. Most other proceedings are being held virtually using Zoom. For Zoom scheduling and instructions please visit the Court of Common Pleas Zoom page.
Beginning June 8, 2020, bail bondsmen should use the process in place prior to COVID-19 of submitting paperwork through e-mail to the court and someone will contact them to schedule a time to come in. Data miners and media should contact the below to schedule an appointment with a one-hour time slot to enter the courthouse for research purposes.
New Castle County – Michelle Jackson at 302-255-0913
Kent County – Julie Brooks at 302-735-3925
Sussex County – Shelly Swafford – 302-858-5756
The mission of the Delaware Court of Common Pleas is to provide a neutral forum for the people and institutions of Delaware, in the resolution of everyday problems, disputes, and more complex legal matters in a fair, professional, efficient, and practical manner. Legal Jurisdiction of the Court of Common Pleas is explained in the Jurisdiction section. Information about the most frequently requested information can be found below.
A Welcome Message From Chief Judge of the Court of Common Pleas Carl C. Danberg.
The Court of Common Pleas has a wide jurisdiction that includes Criminal and Civil cases.
There are nine judges of the Court of Common Pleas. Each Judge is nominated by the Governor for a term of 12 years.
Discover why the Court of Common Pleas has an ancient and noble lineage.
Policies and procedures that govern how the Court of Common Pleas operates.
Read the Bail, Civil, and Criminal rules of the Court of Common Pleas.
eFiling of civil cases is available in the Court of Common Pleas and is required in certain cases.
Access civil case information 24-hours a day by searching a person's name, business name or case type.
An overview of the Mediation Program including general information, pending court cases and community cases.
Information and costs on ordering transcripts of Court proceedings.
Policy on public access to the Court of Common Pleas judicial records.
April 30, 2021
In a small, largely virtual ceremony on Thursday, Chief Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr. other members of the Delaware Judiciary, court staff and members of the Delaware Bar gathered to bid farewell to Court of Common Pleas Chief Judge Alex J. Smalls as he concluded his 29-year career on the bench. The ceremony also marked the unveiling of Chief Judge Smalls’ official portrait, which will be placed in a position of prominence in the Justice Center at a future date.
March 25, 2021