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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Spring 2012


On May 15, 2012, Chief Justice Myron T. Steele, Secretary Rita Landgraf (Department of Health and Social Services), Commissioner Carl C. Danberg (Department of Correction), as well as members of the judiciary and legislators, joined Governor Jack Markell as he proclaimed May 2012 Problem-Solving Court Month in the State of Delaware at a ceremony in Legislative Hall.

Governor Jack Markell signing the Proclamation establishing May 2012 as Problem "Solving Court Month with Chief Justice Myron T. Steele (on right standing), Representative Melanie Smith (second from right, seated), Secretary Rita Landgraff (Health and Social Services), Commissioner Carl Danberg (Corrections), many of the judges and commissioners who preside over problem-solving courts, and others.

The proclamation recognized 23 years of drug courts in the United States and 18 years of problem-solving courts in the State of Delaware. Delaware's first problem-solving court began operations in 1994 with the creation of the Superior Court Drug Court. Delaware now operates over 15 problem-solving courts including drug courts, gun court, mental health courts, reentry courts, truancy courts, a trauma-informed probation court, and a veterans' treatment court.

Problem-Solving Courts are specialized courts that address matters under a court jurisdiction through a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach involving the court, other governmental entities, and community organizations. The goal of these courts is to reduce recidivism rates and save criminal justice resources by holding defendants accountable for their actions while ensuring that they have access to services to support their efforts to become tax-paying citizens.

Problem-Solving Court Month was celebrated with graduations, court site-visits, and presentations throughout the state. At the ceremony, Chief Justice Steele recognized the important work of the Judiciary and others in resolving the complex issues faced by the litigants in the problem-solving courts. Governor Markell's proclamation encouraged Delaware citizens to recognize the efforts of problem-solving court practitioners and the approximately 5,000 individuals who have successfully graduated from a problem-solving court in Delaware.