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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Fall 2012

Interactive Forms are a Hit with Self-Represented Litigants
in the Justice of the Peace Court

JP Court's interactive online tool, which was first made available to the public free of charge about two years ago, has made a big difference for self-represented litigants in the Justice of the Peace Court. Developed by the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Justice of the Peace Court, in partnership with Legal Services Corporation of Delaware, and with programming support from Ohio DR Software, LLC, the interactive forms for summary possession, return of security deposit, debt, replevin, and trespass actions complete the planned series of five online tools. Feedback has been positive since the first form went live and continues to build as more forms are added. Hands-on demonstrations were completed last spring by AOC staff for JP Court personnel so that they can confidently refer litigants to these readily accessible resources.

So what's the buzz about this new tool? Here's what litigants have been saying:

  • "This site was extremely helpful, and I will be spreading the word."
  • "I saw the form before I decided to do this; it was very intimidating. Then I saw this and gave it a try. It was very helpful."
  • "Yes, very helpful. Thank you very much, for me it is better doing this online, less embarrassing, and for people who speak other languages, this system provides confidence and peace of mind."
  • "The Interview format for filing the complaints is extremely helpful and very user friendly."