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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Winter 2006


Delaware’s lead in the use of technology to improve the management of litigation advanced with the implementation of the final phase of the Delaware Supreme Court’s electronic filing (eFiling) initiative on December 4, 2006. This phase provides for the eFiling of all new criminal appeals from the Superior Court and all new appeals from the Family Court. With the implementation of this phase, all new appeals from the Court of Chancery, the Superior Court and the Family Court will be handled through eFiling. In order to assist users with the process of electronic filing, both live and online training has been made available free of charge.

The Supreme Court became the first appellate court in the nation to use e-filing to save time and money when it implemented the first phase of e-filing in October 2005. The Delaware Superior Court and the Court of Chancery have also been national leaders in the use of eFiling at the trial court level. The first electronic filing of court documents in the United States occurred fifteen years ago on December 9, 1991 in the Delaware Superior Court. Since then, in Delaware courts more than 17 million pages of documents have been filed or served electronically.