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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.

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


Last Updated 6/03/2020

The spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a significant public health concern and has affected 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) and our justice system partners, is continually evaluating our ongoing response to the pandemic. Please find below the latest statements and advisories from the Delaware Judiciary regarding COVID-19.

 How to Contact the Courts

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all Delaware Courts are operating with reduced staff and therefore it may be difficult to reach Court representatives. Please see the Court Contact Information During COVID-19 Emergency for the best contact information -- either telephone, email or both -- for each court during this emergency period.


Public Reopening Plan


 Delaware Judiciary unveils public reopening plan:
05-29-2020 Delaware Judiciary unveils pubic reopening plan . New
El Poder Judicial de Delaware revela plan de reapertura
Phased approach recommended by Courts Reopening Committee to begin week of June 8, 2020. Date to resume normal operations not set; new procedures will involve wearing masks and social distancing inside court facilities.

Statements and Press Releases

06-03-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures New
06-02-2020 As a result of the COVID-19 social distancing needs, Family Court has posted a form for requesting a remote hearing. New
05-29-2020 As a result of the COVID-19 social distancing needs, the Justice of the Peace Court is offering different ways to resolve cases including holding hearings remotely, if and when possible. Such accommodation can be made through a Request for Defendant Contact Information: Summons/Traffic Citation. New
05-14-2020 Court of Chancery has issued Standing Order No. 5, Extension of Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
05-14-2020 Chief Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr. extends Judicial Emergency to June 13, 2020
Administrative Order No. 6—Extension of Judicial Emergency

El Presidente del Tribunal Supremo Collins J. Seitz, Jr. extiende la Emergencia Judicial hasta el 13 de junio de 2020
05-11-2020 Delaware Bar exam postponed until September
05-01-2020 Family Court has posted instructions for Zoom meetings: Zoom Cheat Sheet and Testing Microphone and Camera and Sharing Your Screen & Annotation
04-30-2020 Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order No. 5—Use of Face Masks/Coverings in Court Facilities
04-23-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 3 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
04-15-2020 Parent Education Classes Now Available Online During COVID-19 Emergency
04-15-2020 Court of Chancery has issued Standing Order No. 4, Extension of Standing Order No. 2 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
04-15-2020 Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 6 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
04-14-2020 Superior Court has issued Amended Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
04-08-2020 Statement from the Delaware Judiciary on court collections during the COVID-19 emergency
04-06-2020 The Supreme Court has issued an order easing certain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) rules during the COVID emergency
04-06-2020 The Court of Chancery has issued an updated Standing Order (No. 3) Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
04-06-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued a statement on bail during the COVID-19 emergency
04-03-2020 Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 5 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
04-01-2020 Family Court has issued a statement on the impact of the State of Emergency on Family Court custody and visitation orders
04-01-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Civil Case Frequently Asked Questions
03-30-2020 Superior Court issues Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
03-30-2020 Statement from Delaware Family Court on posting bail during the COVID-19 emergency
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
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
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
03-19-2020 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
03-11-2020 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
05-13-2020 Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order No. 6—Extension of Judicial Emergency New
04-30-2020 Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order No. 5—Use of Face Masks/Coverings in Court Facilities
04-06-2020 The Supreme Court has issued an order easing certain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) rules during the COVID emergency
03-24-2020 The Supreme Court has issued COVID-19 FAQs for Supreme Court Appeals
03-22-2020 The Supreme Court has issued Administrative Order No. 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
05-14-2020 Court of Chancery has issued Standing Order No. 5, Extension of Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures New
04-15-2020 Court of Chancery has issued Standing Order No. 4, Extension of Standing Order No. 2 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
04-06-2020 The Court of Chancery has issued an updated Standing Order (No. 3) Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
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
04-15-2020 Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 6 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
04-14-2020 Superior Court has issued Amended Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
04-03-2020 Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 5 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
03-30-2020 Superior Court has issued Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
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
05-01-2020 Family Court has posted instructions for Zoom meetings: Zoom Cheat Sheet  and Testing Microphone and Camera
04-15-2020 Parent Education Classes Now Available Online During COVID-19 Emergency
04-01-2020 The impact of the State of Emergency on Family Court custody and visitation orders
03-30-2020 Statement from Delaware Family Court on posting bail during the COVID-19 emergency
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
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
06-03-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures New
05-18-2020 As a result of the COVID-19 social distancing needs, the Justice of the Peace Court is offering different ways to resolve cases including holding hearings remotely, if and when possible. Such accommodation can be made through a Request for Defendant Contact Information: Summons/Traffic Citation. New
04-23-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 3 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
04-06-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued a statement on bail during the COVID-19 emergency
04-01-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Civil Case Frequently Asked Questions
03-27-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 2 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
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

05-18-2020 Board of Bar Examiners (BBE):
The 2020 Annual Preceptor's Meeting, previously scheduled for June 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., has been cancelled. New
05-11-2020 Board of Bar Examiners (BBE):
Delaware Bar exam postponed until September New
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
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.
5-29-2020 Court Interpreter Program:
All court interpreter exams have been indefinitely postponed. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator via email at jennifer.figueira@delaware.gov. 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.

General Advisories

05-22-2020 Governor Carney's Nineteenth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat New
View Governor Carney’s State of Emergency declaration and all subsequent modifications .
05-18-2020 Governor Carney's Eighteenth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat New
05-14-2020 Governor Carney's Seventeenth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
05-10-2020 Governor Carney suspends end-of-year evaluations for educators, professional development requirements and assessments due to the suspension of the school year caused by COVID-19— Governor Carney's Sixteenth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
05-07-2020 Governor Carney reschedules Delaware's presidential primary for July 7— Governor Carney's Fifteenth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
04-30-2020 Governor Carney provides additional protections for Delaware renters during the COVID-19 pandemic, and extends the application deadline for Delaware's Senior School Property Tax Credit Program until June 1— Governor Carney's Fourteenth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
04-25-2020 Governor Carney requires Delawareans to wear face coverings in public settings— Governor Carney's Thirteenth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
04-23-2020 Governor Carney removes restrictions on out-of-state health care workers to assist in COVID-19 response — Governor Carney's Twelfth Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
04-15-2020 Governor Carney requires stricter measures in long-term care facilities to fight COVID-19 — Governor Carney's Eleventh Modification of the Declaration of A State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat
03-27-2020 List of helpful information/resources during the COVID-19 outbreak from Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
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.