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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Summer 2008


Core Team
Members of the Core Team get ready on Sunday, June 1, 2008 at JIC for the Superior Court and Court of Common Pleas "Go Live".

The Delaware Courts new case management system (COTS) implementation reached a new stage on June 2, 2008 when the first of a two part civil implementation process for the Superior Court and Court of Common Pleas began with the introduction of the new system in Sussex County. Implementation in these courts in the other two counties will take place in early November 2008. The phased in implementation in these courts is providing a chance to work out any “bugs” in the system while the system is operating only in one county. This has proven to be particularly beneficial in resolving some technical issues regarding title searches which arose during initial implementation.

Shelley Swafford, Court of Common Pleas civil Clerk hard at working using Contexte, the new case management system.

The new system provides important benefits to these courts by placing them on the same system as the Justice of the Peace Court. In the Court of Common Pleas, the system has also introduced e-filing for the first time. Court staff who are working with it report that e-filing is already making case processing simpler by reducing the need to enter data into the system. According to Wanda Smith, Clerk of Court for the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas, “the new system will improve efficiency and productivity for the Court.”

In the Superior Court, the new system is providing an automated accounting system which replaces the previous manual one, thus, providing substantial savings of staff time. Karen Taylor, Deputy Court Administrator for the Sussex County Superior Court, says “the transition to the new accounting system has gone remarkably well and Court staff find it to be very user-friendly.”