Delaware Docket Newsletter
Fall 2011

We are pleased to present the Fall 2011 issue of the Delaware Docket, the Newsletter of the Delaware Judiciary, which is published semi-annually to provide updates on activities and events in the Judicial community. All are welcome to suggest topics, contribute articles for future editions, and provide suggestions on the newsletter. Please use the links below to navigate the current issue or view the printable pdf version .

Patricia Griffin, State Court Administrator and Managing Editor
Connie Magee, Executive Assistant and Layout Editor


Delaware Recognized for Racial Justice Improvement Project Efforts
The Delaware Courts, criminal justice agencies, and others were recognized for their leadership in efforts to implement racial and justice fairness initiatives during a conference sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the American Bar Association (ABA).

Historic Opening of the New Kent County Courthouse
On June 14, 2011, the new Kent County Courthouse officially opened. Kent County Superior Court Resident Judge William L. Witham, Jr. coordinated and oversaw the Courthouse Opening Ceremony.

Chief Justice Steele's Remarks at the Judiciary's Public Buget Hearing
On November 8, 2011, Chief Justice Myron T. Steele, along with representatives from all of the courts and the Judicial Branch agencies, presented the Judicial Branch's FY 2013 budget to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and others.

Delaware Hosts 2012 Conference of Chief Justices Midyear Meeting
Supreme Court Chief Justice Myron T. Steele will host the upcoming 2012 Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) Midyear Meeting. This is the first time that Delaware has hosted the Conference of Chief Justices.

The Supreme Court's "From Classroom to Courtroom" Program Provides Delaware Teachers with Valuable Tools to Bolster Civics Education
June 2011 saw another successful year for the Supreme Court's "From Classroom to Courtroom" program. Eleven middle and high school teachers from across the State participated in the three-day externship program offered through the University of Delaware.

Family Court CASA Program Received the 2011 Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Organization
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program of the Family Court of the State of Delaware was honored to receive the 2011 Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Organization. This is an esteemed award given annually to individual volunteers as well as volunteer organizations.

Expansion Efforts Underway for the Limited Pro Bono Legal Assistance Program
The Delaware Administrative Office of the Courts is expanding efforts to attract additional volunteer attorney participants to its Limited Pro Bono Legal Assistance Program.

OSCCE Welcomes New Technology – Payment Kiosks
In today's economic atmosphere, completing more work with fewer resources is a must. Often this is accomplished through improved agency efficiencies.

Delaware Public Defender Assumes Management of the Conflict Counsel Program
The U.S. Constitution and Delaware law require appointment and payment of conflict counsel to represent indigent criminal defendants who cannot be served by the Delaware Public Defender's Office. The difficult question has been how to deliver those services in a manner that is effective and cost efficient.

Delaware Judiciary Recognized

Recent Court of Chancery Appointments
A recent Court of Chancery appointment was Abigail LeGrow as Master in Chancery. Another appointment in the Court of Chancery was Karlis Johnson as Court of Chancery's Court Administrator and Register in Chancery.

Judicial Branch Personnel Participate in Cyber Security Awareness Training
In partnership with the State's Department of Technology and Information (DTI), Judicial Branch personnel branch-wide are participating in information security awareness computer-based training.

AOC Summer Youth Program Sees Tremendous Expansion in Year Three
The AOC Summer Youth Program, brain child of AOC's Manager of Support Services Robin Jenkins, continued to expand with 49 high school students enrolled this past summer.

Delaware Courts Selected as Pilot Site for Mental Health Court Project
The Delaware Courts were selected by the Council of State Governments Justice Center (Justice Center) through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) as a pilot site for their Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum project.

The Courts' Approach to Case Management System Development
Following the completion of the civil phase of the COTS automated civil case management system, the Supreme Court adopted a modified governance structure for technology in 2010 through a revision to Supreme Court Administrative Directive 176.

Delaware Coalition for Health and Justice Recived Funding for Women In Support Of Health (WISH) Program
In September 2011, the U.S. Office of Women's Health ("OWH") selected the Delaware Coalition for Health and Justice ("DCHJ") to receive $1.5 million over 5 years in funding to address the unmet health needs of the sex worker population in Delaware.

Directive Ensures Adjudication on the Merits in Consumer Debt Collection Claims
Delaware's Court of Common Pleas is at the forefront of a growing number of courts that are revising court rules to effectively manage consumer debt collection claims. On March 16, 2011, the court issued Administrative Directive No. 2011-1 regulating the content and procedure governing consumer debt collection actions filed after July 1, 2011.

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