Delaware Docket Newsletter
Summer 2008

We are pleased to present the Summer 2008 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
Connie Magee, Executive Assistant and Layout Editor


Delaware Hosts 25th Annual National High School Mock Trial Championship
Forty-two teams from across the United States, as well as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and South Korea, arrived in Wilmington to participate in the 25th Annual High School Mock Trial Championship. Each of these teams had previously won the championship in their home jurisdiction and came to Wilmington ready to take on an even greater challenge in the 25th Annual High School Mock Trial.

Chief Justice Celebrates 20 Years on the Bench
On May 30th at the Wilmington Club, a Surprise “Knucklehead” Dinner Party was given in honor of Chief Justice Steele’s 20 years on the Bench. In those 20 years, he has mentored 68 clerks who he fondly refers to as his “Knuckleheads.”

Delaware Docket Profile: Judge Susan C. Del Pesco
Upon her retirement after twenty years on the Superior Court, Judge Susan C. Del Pesco was recognized for her many professional achievements, including the many  “firsts” that she received, including being the first woman president of the bar and the first woman on the Superior Court. 

Special Committee on Superior Court Toxic Tort Litigation
Both plaintiffs and defendants in Delaware asbestos cases are “overwhelmingly satisfied with the way asbestos litigation is being handled in Delaware” according to a report issued on May 9, 2008.

Robin Jenkins of the AOC Named Judicial Branch Employee of the Year
Chief Justice Myron T. Steele has announced that Robin Jenkins of the Administrative Office of the Courts is the Judicial Branch Employee of the Year for 2007.

Death Penalty Adjudication
The adjudication of capital cases was the topic of a free seminar held on April 11th by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel on behalf of the Delaware Supreme Court.

COSCA Mid-Atlantic Conference on Procedural Fairness
On June 10th, the Administrative Office of the Courts once again welcomed court participants from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, including judges, court administrators and staff, to the New Castle County Courthouse for the Second Annual COSCA (Council of State Court Administrators) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

Delaware Judiciary Recognized

In Memoriam: Chief Judge Robert D. Thompson, Jr.
It is with much sadness that the Judicial Branch notes the passing of former Chief Judge of the Family Court Robert D. Thompson, Jr. on April 5, 2008.

New Superior Court Rule Mandates Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Superior Court recently made sweeping changes to its alternative dispute resolution (ADR) requirements and in the procedures for ADR.

Court Employees Mobilize for Health and Fitness
From aerobic kickboxing to Weight Watchers and beyond, court employees throughout the state have been enthusiastically participating in programs to promote health and fitness.

COTS Implementation Achieves Another Milestone in June 2008
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.

Protecting Delaware Children's Conference
In early May, judges, attorneys, advocates, service providers, law enforcement officials, medical and other professionals from throughout the state came together for the Protecting Delaware’s Children Conference.

Healing in Family Court
A conference sponsored by the Family Court of Delaware on June 13, 2008 at the Dover Sheraton gave more than 200 judges, lawyers, therapists and social workers the opportunity to learn from national and local experts about ways to address those challenges when children are young.