The Delaware State Courts will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024 for Memorial Day. Justice of the Peace Court 11 (New Castle County) and Court 7 (Kent County) will remain open 24 hours and Justice of the Peace Court 3 (Sussex County) will be open from 6AM-Midnight (no new cases after 11PM).

Below is a list of some things that court staff can and cannot do for you.

Please read carefully before asking the court staff for help.

Court Staff Can

  • Explain and answer questions about how the court works.
  • Tell you what the requirements are to have your case considered by the court.
  • Give you information from your case file
  • Make you copies of court documents from your case file.
  • Provide you with samples of court forms that are available.
  • Provide you with written instructions and pamphlets on how to fill out the forms.
  • Explain generally the different forms.

But, Court Staff Cannot

  • Give you legal advice. Only a lawyer can give you legal advice.
  • Tell you what is the best way to protect your interests for your case. Only a lawyer can tell you the best way to go about your case.
  • Help you select which form you should file.
  • Tell you what you should write on a court document.
  • Tell you what options to choose on a form, but we can explain generally what are the options.
  • Tell you whether or not you should bring your case to court.
  • Give you an opinion about what will happen if you bring your case to court.
  • Recommend a lawyer, but we can provide you with the telephone number of a local lawyer referral service.
  • Talk to the judge for you about what will happen in your case.
  • Let you talk to the judge outside of the courtroom.
  • Explain an order issued by a judge, commissioner or master.