FAMILY COURT PROVIDES ACCESS
On June 8, 2009, the Family Court of the State of Delaware launched a new e-delivery service for both pro se litigants and attorneys.
In partnership with nCourt, an Atlanta based government services company, the court developed an automated and secure filing system which is funded by the users who pay a small convenience fee. The system prompts litigants to fill in information and answer a series of questions related to their filing, while at the same time providing them with instructions and information related to their filing and the law. At the conclusion of the questions, the system creates the forms that need to be filed for a particular type of pleading. Litigants then pay their court fees and a convenience fee online and are notified when the Family Court has accepted and processed their petition. The end result is a more accurate and legally correct pleading. The Family Court, which has a high percentage of individuals representing themselves, sees value in providing another tool to non-legally trained litigants. In addition to assisting litigants to properly complete and file pleadings, such a system also allows the public to file their petitions at their convenience.
At the outset, the project is limited to the filing of a Petition for Custody in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties but will soon be expanded to cover divorce proceedings, Petitions of Support and many of the other related documents required in these proceedings. Access to the Delaware Family Court can be obtained by going to /Family which provides a link to the filing landing page.