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 have returned to Phase Two of the reopening plan as of November 16, 2020. 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.
Court of Common Pleas Proceedings Are Now Virtual
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 Alex J. Smalls.
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.
January 5, 2021
Court of Common Pleas Chief Judge Alex J. Smalls has informed Gov. John Carney that he plans to step down from the bench effective May 1, 2021. "I am honored and humbled to have been given the opportunity to serve the citizens of Delaware as a Judge for twenty-nine (29) years," wrote Chief Judge Smalls in his letter to the Governor. "My tenure on the Court has been enriched by the staff and Judges with whom I was fortunate to serve."