The Delaware State Courts will be closed on Friday, April 10, 2020 in observance of Good Friday. Justice of the Peace Courts 11 (New Castle County), 7 (Kent County) and 3 (Sussex County) will remain open.

Delaware Court facilities ordered closed to the public until April 15, 2020. Read more...

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The Delaware Judiciary Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)


Last Updated 4/6/2020

The spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a significant public health concern that has the potential to affect the daily operation of the Delaware Court system. The Delaware Judiciary, in conjunction with our partners at the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), is closely monitoring the situation and evaluating our ongoing response to this developing situation. Please find below the latest statements and advisories from the Delaware Judiciary regarding COVID-19.


Statements and Press Releases

04-06-2020 The Supreme Court has issued an order easing certain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) rules during the COVID emergency New
04-06-2020 The Court of Chancery has issued an updated Standing Order (No. 3) Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures New
04-06-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued a statement on bail during the COVID-19 emergency New
04-03-2020 Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 5 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures New
04-01-2020 Family Court has issued a statement on the impact of the State of Emergency on Family Court custody and visitation orders New
04-01-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Civil Case Frequently Asked Questions New
03-30-2020 Superior Court issues Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures New
03-30-2020 Statement from Delaware Family Court on posting bail during the COVID-19 emergency New
03-27-2020 Court of Common Pleas has issued a Statement to elaborate on procedures in the Court of Common Pleas in accordance with the Supreme Court’s Administrative Order No. 3 New
03-24-2020 To address questions concerning Supreme Court appeals during the current COVID-19 emergency, the Supreme Court has issued FAQs for attorneys and self-represented litigants New
03-23-2020 Delaware Family Court details procedures during COVID-19 restrictions Family Court will continue to handle emergency requests for Protection from Abuse Orders, emergency child welfare, custody, visitation, and guardianship matters, and limited adult criminal and juvenile delinquency matters.
Contact the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program (DVAP) at 302-255-2609 for help with Protection From Abuse filings. Please review this DVAP document for more information.

El Tribunal de Familia del Estado Delaware explica en detalle los procedimientos durante las restricciones del COVID-19. El Tribunal de Familia continuará trabajando solicitudes de emergencia para las órdenes de protección contra abuso, de bienestar infantil, custodia, visitas y asuntos de tutela, asuntos penales limitados de adultos y delincuencia juvenil.
03-22-2020 Statement from the Delaware Court of Common Pleas on scheduling and bail during the COVID-19 emergency
03-22-2020 Letter From Court Administration To All Court Employees
03-22-2020 Delaware Court facilities ordered closed to the public until April 15, 2020
Se ordena que todos los juzgados de Delaware permanezcan cerrados al público hasta abril 15, 2020

The Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order #3—Statewide Judiciary Restricted Operations and the Temporary Suspension of Statues of Limitations, Filing Deadlines and Notarization Requirements in All Courts
03-19-2020 Court payment centers closed until further notice—Closure is a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 virus
03-18-2020 Delaware Supreme Court announcement cancelling oral arguments through May 2020
03-16-2020 Letter from Court Administration to All Court Employees (March 15, 2020)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
03-14-2020 Delaware Justice of the Peace Court Press Release: Delaware Justice of the Peace Court issues new standing order to help limit the spread of COVID-19 virus
03-11-2020 The Administrative Office of the Courts has provided general information on Covid-19.
If you are are experiencing symptoms of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please call the Division of Public Health at 1-888-295-5156.

Si tiene síntomas del coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCov), llame al departamento de salud pública (Division of Public Health, en inglés) al 1-888-295-5156.

Court Orders and Statements

Supreme Court Orders
04-06-2020 The Supreme Court has issued an order easing certain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) rules during the COVID emergency New
03-24-2020 The Supreme Court has issued COVID-19 FAQs for Supreme Court Appeals New
03-22-2020 The Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order #3—Statewide Judiciary Restricted Operations and the Temporary Suspension of Statues of Limitations, Filing Deadlines and Notarization Requirements in All Courts
03-19-2020 The Supreme Court has issued an order regarding Delaware Rules for Continuing Education
03-16-2020 The Supreme Court has issued an Order Suspending Paper Copies
03-14-2020 In the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware Order Declaring a Judicial Emergency
Court of Chancery Orders
04-06-2020 The Court of Chancery has issued an updated Standing Order (No. 3) Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures New
03-23-2020 Statement from the Court of Chancery Concerning Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 3
03-16-2020 The Court of Chancery has issued an updated Standing Order Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures (3/16/2020)
Superior Court Orders
04-03-2020 Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 5 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures New
03-30-2020 Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures New
03-18-2020 Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 3 Suspending "Courtesy" Copies to Chambers
03-15-2020 Superior Court has Suspended Jury Trials until April 15, 2020 in a Standing Order Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
Family Court Orders
04-01-2020 The impact of the State of Emergency on Family Court custody and visitation orders New
03-30-2020 Statement from Delaware Family Court on posting bail during the COVID-19 emergency New
03-20-2020 Family Court has issued Standing Order #2 regarding Filings during the COVID-19 State of Emergency
Family Court Frequently Asked Questions—Filing during the COVID-19 Judicial Emergency
Court of Common Pleas Orders
03-27-2020 >Court of Common Pleas has issued a Statement to elaborate on procedures in the Court of Common Pleas in accordance with the Supreme Court’s Administrative Order No. 3 New
03-22-2020 Statement from the Delaware Court of Common Pleas on scheduling and bail during the COVID-19 emergency
03-13-2020 Court of Common Pleas has issued a new standing order to help limit the spread of COVID-19 virus
Justice of the Peace Court Orders
04-06-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued a statement on bail during the COVID-19 emergency New
04-01-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Civil Case Frequently Asked Questions New
03-27-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 2 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures New
03-14-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued a new standing order to help limit the spread of COVID-19 virus

Arms of the Court/Non-Judicial Agencies

04-06-2020 Continuing Legal Education (CLE):
The Supreme Court has issued an order easing certain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) rules during the COVID emergency New
The Supreme Court has issued an order regarding Delaware Rules for Continuing Education (3-19-2020)
03-31-2020 Office of the Child Advocate (OCA):
Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) issued a statement on the impact of COVID-19 and how OCA can continue to provide support to children and families during this crisis, and added an online referral link to OCA if you believe a child would benefit from his or her own independent legal representation. New
03-25-2020 Court Interpreter Program:
The Court Interpreter Program will be rescheduling the April 2020 written exams. New
03-24-2020 Delaware Nursing Home Quality Assurance Commission (DNHRQAC):
Delaware Nursing Home Quality Assurance Commission (DNHRQAC) issued a statement regarding public meetings: Due to COVID-19 State of Delaware Public Health Emergency Order, the next DNHRQAC meeting has not been determined. New
03-24-2020 Board of Bar Examiners:
The Board of Bar Examiners issued a statement regarding the July 2020 Bar Examination. New

General Advisories

04-01-2020 Governor Carney restricts gatherings, requires businesses to strictly comply with social distancing— Governor Carney's Ninth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat New
03-30-2020 Governor Carney limits recreation options for out-of-state visitors— Governor Carney's Eighth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat New
03-29-2020 Governor Carney orders out-of-state travelers to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days— Governor Carney's Seventh Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat New
03-27-2020 List of helpful information/resources during the COVID-19 outbreak from Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. New
03-25-2020 Governor Carney suspends residential foreclosures and evictions and moves the primary election date— Governor Carney's Sixth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat New
03-22-2020 Governor Carney Issues Stay-at-Home Order for Delawareans— Governor Carney's Fifth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
03-22-2020 Governor Carney Closes Non-essential Businesses— Governor Carney's Fourth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
03-18-2020 Family Court Frequently Asked Questions—Filing during the COVID-19 Judicial Emergency
03-16-2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
03-11-2020 The Delaware Department of Human Resources has published Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
For general inquiries about Court operations or other legal issues affected by the COVID emergency, you can submit a question to Ask a Law Librarian. The law librarians are not attorneys; therefore they cannot provide any legal advice. Questions will be answered in the order they are received and it may take up to 72 hours for a response.
For the latest information on the Covid-19 please visit the State of Delaware's informational website on COVID-19. If you have any questions you can contact the State’s Department of Public Health Coronavirus call center by phone at 1-866-408-1899 or by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.