Delaware Docket Newsletter
Summer 2006

We are pleased to present the inaugural issue of the Delaware Docket , the Newsletter of the Delaware Judiciary, which will be 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. Use the links below to navigate the current issue or view the printable pdf version.

Patricia Griffin
State Court Administrator and Managing Editor


Delaware Judicial Branch Employee of the Year Named
Chief Justice Myron T. Steele announced the selection of Elizabeth Jonkiert as the overall Delaware Judicial Branch Employee of the Year for 2005.

Delaware's Court System Ranked #1 for the Fifth Consecutive Year
For the fifth year in a row, Delaware ranked as the number one court system overall in the 2006 Harris Poll State Liability Systems Ranking Study by the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform.

Art in the New Castle County Courthouse
The latest piece of art arrived, "Floating Form" by Robert Goodnough, arrived on November 4, 2005 in the lobby of the Courthouse.

Delaware State Court Judges Named Among the 500 Leading Attorneys and Judges Nationwide
Three Delaware judges were named among the 500 leading lawyers of America based on 15,000 nominations from more than 1.1 million lawyers in this country.

What Should You Know About the Judicial Branch's Budget Request for Next Year?

Justice of the Peace Court Celebrates 40th Anniversary
In 1966, legislation was enacted which brought the Justice of the Peace Court under the umbrella of the State Judiciary. This year, the Court celebrates its 40th anniversary as a state court.

Method for Allocating Criminal Justice Resources Proposed by Resource Allocation Committee
The Delaware Criminal Justice Resource Allocation Committee proposed a formula for allocating criminal justice resources among the Courts, the Department of Justice, the Office of the Public Defender, and conflict counsel.

The Delaware judicial and legal communities have led the nation in the use of technology to improve management of litigation. The Supreme Court became the first appellate court in the nation to require eFiling in October 2005.

Delaware Court Interpreters Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The Delaware Court Interpreters Program celebrated 10 years of service to the public and the Delaware Judiciary in April 2006.

Focusing on Court Security and Safety as a Priority
Comprehensive security plans and programs for Courts help ensure an atmosphere of relative comfort and safety in which to conduct judicial business.

New Case Management System for the Judicial Branch is Under Development
COTS is a Judicial Branch-wide effort to create a new computerized civil, criminal and financial case management system for all of the State courts.

Chief Justice Steele Named to Federal Judicial Committee
United State Chief Justice John Roberts recently appointed Delaware Chief Justice Myron T. Steele to serve on the Federal Judicial Conference Committee on the Federal-State Jurisdiction.

Judicial Branch and Government Information Center Collaborate on E-Government Projects to Serve the Public
Representatives of the Judicial Branch and the Government Information Center have been meeting to discuss possible e-Government projects to help better serve the public.

Delaware Co-Sponsors Eastern Regional Conference on Access to Justice for the Self-Represented
As the number of self-represented litigants continues to increase, courts nationally are developing innovative programs through partnerships between the courts, the bar, and community groups to support and assist self-represented litigants.

Mock Trial Competition Provides Important Lessons for High School Students
Delaware's annual mock trial competition provides high school students with a chance to learn more about the justice system, as well as to develop a number of important life skills.

Court of Common Pleas Traffic Court Simplifies the Handling of Minor Motor Vehicle Offenses
The Court of Common Pleas' "Traffic Court" initiative in New Castle County is saving time for members of the public and is expediting the disposition of motor vehicle cases.

Supreme Court Honors "Arms of the Court" Volunteers
On June 6, 2006, the Delaware Supreme Court hosted a dinner at the Wilmington Club to honor the 135 volunteers who serve on the Arms of the Court, providing regulations of the Delaware State Bar.

Family Court's Court Appointed Special Advocate Program Celebrates 25 Years of Service
Today, the program, now called the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program or CASA, not only represents the abused and neglected children, but assists parents in private custody cases.

Enhancing Delaware Judiciary's International Reputation
Two members of the Delaware Judiciary, Chief Justice Myron T. Steele and Vice Chancellor Stephen P. Lamb, were part of a team from Delaware that traveled to Israel in May to meet with the members of the Israeli legal community to further strengthen economic ties between Israel and Delaware.