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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Spring 2013


Heather Morton
Heather Morton, 2012 Judicial Branch Employee of the YEar, pictured with Lt. Governor Matthew Denn (left) and Governor Markell during the state's annual employee recognition celebration.

Chief Justice Myron T. Steele named Family Court Employee, Heather Morton, as the Judicial Branch Employee of the Year for 2012. As a Judicial Case Processor for the Sussex County Family Court, Ms. Morton is the central information point for approximately 60,000 files in the Family Court Sussex County file room. She is responsible for the maintenance and care of adult and juvenile criminal files, as well as an array of civil filings. Ms. Morton is being recognized as "an outstanding person whose proven versatility has made her a definite asset…. Her patience, excellent communication skills, ability to empathize, and clear explanations provide easy comprehension for litigants reviewing their files. When faced with inevitable questions and problems from litigants, she does not hesitate to research all of the statutes and court procedures to best resolve the situation."

The other Judicial Branch nominees honored as Employee of the Year for their respective courts/Administrative Office of the Courts are:

  • Lavette Curtis, Superior Court, Judicial Case Manager II;
  • Mary Virginia "Ginger" Speight, Court of Common Pleas, Judicial Case Manager II;
  • Teri Vann, Justice of the Peace Court, Constable; and
  • Anish Patel, Administrative Office of the Courts, Judicial Information Center Telecommunications/Network Technician II.

I, and my colleagues in the Judiciary, would like to express our gratitude for the ever-present and invaluable support of court staff and others. It is only through their tremendous dedication that the Judicial Branch is able to accomplish its work, given our growing workloads and limited resources. Congratulations to Heather Morton on being selected as the 2012 Judicial Branch Employee of the Year, and to the other nominees.

-Chief Justice Myron T. Steele