Delaware Docket Newsletter
Summer 2007

We are pleased to present the summer 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
Christine H. Sudell, Deputy State Court Administrator and Articles Editor


Chief Justice Steele Presents State of the Judiciary Message to the Bench and Bar
Addressing the over 600 judges and lawyers in attendance at the Annual Bench and Bar Conference on June 6th, Chief Justice Myron T. Steele focused on both the current state of the Judiciary and future opportunities and challenges. 

A Look at COTS from the Users' Perspective
Eight months after the introduction of the new COTS civil case management system in three pilot Justice of the Peace Courts, howe is the new system viewed by its users?

Gwendolyn Cook Named Judicial Branch Employee of the Year
Gwendolyn Cook, New Castle County Civil Operations Manager for the Justice of the Peace Court, was named the Judicial Branch 2006 Employee of the Year.

Superior Court Celebrates Its 175th Anniversary
The Delaware Superior Court held a Special session on Monday, April 9th at the old New Castle Courthouse to commemorate the first session of the Court which was held on April 9, 1832.

New Castle County Courthouse Acquires New Artwork
A recent acquisition for the NCCCH is a magnificent piece of art, entitled "Sussex Fields," by Mary Page Evans. Mary Page Evans is a resident of Delaware whose paintings have been described as "hymns of unadulterated joy."

Justice of the Peace Court Spearheads Educational Program for Self-Represented Landlords and Tenants
In the civil division of the Justice of the Peace Court, nearly every case has at least one self-represented litigant. With over 33,000 civil cases filed annually in the Court, there is a tremendous need for assistance to these litigants.

Portrait of Justice Holland Unveiled
The portrait was officially unveiled at the Annual Bench and Bar Conference held on June 6, 2007 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.

Delaware Constitutional Amendment Enacted Allowing the Securities and Exchange Commission to Bring Questions of Law Directly to the Delaware Supreme Court
Enacted in early May 2007, the amendment enabled the Securities and Exchange commission to bring critical and urgent questions concerning Delaware law to the Delaware Supreme Court; thus providing expedited decisions and greater certainty with regard tot he corporate law.

Delaware Judiciary Recognized
A list of many recent accomplishments of and tributes to the members of the Delaware Judiciary.

OCA Works with Delaware Lawyers in Helping Children
Delaware's abused and neglected children have a friend in the Office of the Child Advocate and in the hundreds of volunteer attorneys who assist OCA in representing them in Family Court.

Supreme Court Issues Directive on Public Access to Judicial Branch Administrative Records
Chief Justice Myron T. Steele recently took the lead in ensuring public access to court information by issuing a directive requiring all Delaware courts that have not already done so to adopt formal policies providing for public access to their administrative records.

New Legislation Helps Fund Vital Court Security
Recently enacted legislation, Senate Substitute No. 1 for Senate Bill 75, is the result of a Judiciary initiative to help address these critical needs in a time of budge shortages by creating a separate court security fund, funded through a supplemental court security assessment.

Administrative Office of the Court Hosts Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference on Public Access
The conference, which was held on April 26, 2007 through the work of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), included discussion of such topics as model guidelines for access to court records, what types of records in addition to case records should be public information, methods for protecting sensitive information, and when fees for information should be assessed.

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