The Delaware State Courts will be closed on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Justice of the Peace Courts 11 (New Castle County), 7 (Kent County), and 3 (Sussex County) will remain open.
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.
March 20, 2017
Effective May 1, 2018, the Court of Common Pleas has amended Civil Rule 72.3 by abolishing the Mirror Image Rule as a basis for lack of jurisdiction. However, it still requires that the necessary parties be joined and the same issues be raised that were before the Court below. Further, upon motion of the parties or sua sponte, the Court may add or dismiss parties or claims in accordance with the Rules of the Court. These amendments allow the judges to hear cases on their merits in order to eliminate any harsh outcome or unfair decision for failure to comply with the "mirror-image rule."