Delaware Docket Newsletter
Fall 2012

We are pleased to present the Fall 2012 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
Amy Quinlan, Deputy State Court Director and Articles Editor
Connie Magee, Executive Assistant and Layout Editor


Chief Justice Steele's 2012 State of the Judiciary Remarks Highlighted
When Chief Justice Myron T. Steele delivered his State of the Judiciary Remarks at the Bench and Bar Conference in the summer, he spoke about the "enormous value that our courts bring to our governmental system and society," and focused on the serious challenges the courts face.

Process Improvement Workshops
Through a partnership with the University of Delaware, managers and administrators from Delaware Courts and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) participated in a series of process improvement workshops this summer, with the goal of learning new approaches to streamline and improve systems in their courts.

Delaware Judiciary Recognized

Justice of the Peace Court Develops Speaker's Bureau
The Justice of the Peace court recently initiated a Speaker's Bureau.   This effort is being undertaken in an effort to help the community better understand the process and procedures of the Court.

Democracy Project Teachers Visit with the Chief Justice and the Judiciary
The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) facilitated a visit of 13 Delaware civic teachers enrolled in the University of Delaware's Democracy Project Institute for Teachers to the Delaware Supreme Court in Dover and the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington.

Patricia Griffin Receives National Center for State Court's 2012 Distinguished Service Award
Patricia Griffin, Delaware State Court Administrator, received the National Center for State Court's 2012 Distinguished Service Award on October 2, 2012 during the National Summit for Language Access in the Courts in Houston, Texas.

New Chief Disciplinary Counsel Appointed
Members of the public seeking redress for an attorney's misconduct will have a new Chief Disciplinary Counsel to assist them. Jennifer-Kate Aaronson, Esquire, was appointed by the Delaware Supreme Court as Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC).

Family Court Reinstitutes Call Centers
On June 1, 2012, the Family Court reinstituted the New Castle County Call Center. Its original Call Center was disbanded several years ago due to budgetary constraints.

New Training Opportunity Coming to a Computer Near You
A new concept in educational training tools has surfaced in the quest to provide Judicial Branch employees with the highest quality education and training programs.

Chinese Delegation Visits the New Castle County Courthouse
On June 15, 2012, the Delaware Courts hosted a delegation of eight judges and lawyers from China, two members of the DuPont Company's legal team, and two members of Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law at the New Castle County Courthouse.

Delaware Participates in National Summit on Language Access in the Courts
A team from Delaware joined nearly 300 court leaders from 48 other states, three territories, and the District of Columbia to participate in the National Summit on Language Access in the Courts in Houston, Texas from October 1 - 3, 2012.

Family Court Administrator Guy Sapp to Retire After 42-Year Career Serving Delaware's Criminal Justice System
Guy Sapp, Court Administrator for the Family Court since 2006, turned in his New Castle County Courthouse security badge on October 31, 2012 after 42 years of combined service in Delaware's Criminal Justice System.

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

That Was Then, This is Now: A 40 Year retrospective of Life as a Judicial Branch Employee
Reflecting on 42 years of dedicated service to the Court of Common Pleas, Carole Kirshner spoke fondly about her recent retirement party thrown in her honor. "The party meant a lot to me. It made me proud of what I had achieved when I saw everyone there who wanted to be there," said Carole who retired from her position as Court Administrator on July 1, 2012.

Court of Common Pleas Has Revised Its Administrative Directive on Consumer Debt Collection Matters
The Court of Common Pleas has issued a revised Administrative Directive on Consumer Debt Collection Actions, effective September 2, 2012.

The Summer Youth Volunteer Program Concludes Its Fourth Year
The 2012 Summer Youth Volunteer Program successfully concluded its fourth year on Thursday, August 16, 2012.

Making Cyber Security Training Work for You
A recent change in focus on tactics deployed in the war against cyber crime places an emphasis on educating users about viruses, malware, SPAM, spear phishing, including cybercriminals' use of financial information.

Law Libraries Introduce Online Interactive Resource
The State of Delaware Judicial Law Libraries are excited to announce the upcoming addition of our new webpage! The new webpage will be located on the Court website and will offer a cutting edge "Ask a Law Librarian" real-time chat option.