Delaware Docket Newsletter
Winter 2006

We are pleased to present the winter 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


First Phase of New Case Management System Successfully Implemented
The first phase of implementation of a new case management system for the Delaware courts was completed on November 1 with the successful initiation of civil case management functions in three Justice of the Peace Courts - Courts 17 and 19 in Sussex County and Court 12 in New Castle County. 

Inns of Court Assist Professional Growth of Member of the Bench and Bar
Members of the Terry-Carey Inn of Court, including approximately 25 Delaware judges, attorneys, and family members traveled to England in October to attend the historic first meeting of the London American Inn of Court and to learn more about the English system of law which is the foundation of our legal system.

Delaware Judiciary Recognized
The Delaware judiciary is proud of the accomplishments of its members, not only for their outstanding day to day work as judges and commissioners, but also for the recognition that they receive from outside organizations.

Chief Justice Steele's Remarks at a National Conference: "First State First Rate"
What makes the First State First Rate: A view from the Delaware Supreme Court was the topic of a speech given by Chief Justice Myron T. Steele, the featured speaker at a conference held by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform and the National Chamber Foundation in Washington, D.C. on July 18, 2006.

Delaware Superior Court Selected for Study Concerning Expert Witnesses
The Delaware Superior Court’s handling of testimony by experts was the subject of a recently published study conducted by the National Center for State Courts. The study was designed primarily to explore ways in which recent case law concerning expert testimony adopted by the federal courts and nine states (including Delaware) has altered admission or exclusion of expert witness testimony and how it affects courts, judges, and litigants.

Installation of New Artwork for the New Castle County Courthouse
There is a new “commanding presence” on the New Castle County Courthouse (NCCCH) Plaza -- an imposing sculpture that is designed to celebrate the development of law from earliest times through modern days.

Justice Holland Serves as Group Leader at National Conference on Fair and Independent Courts Justice Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court served as a working group leader at a national conference entitled “Fair and Independent Courts: A Conference on the State of the Judiciary” held at Georgetown University Law Center on September 28-29, 2006.

Helping the Public Access the New Castle County Courthouse
The information desk, staffed by Administrative Office of the Court personnel, is a juror’s initial point of contact with the court system and their friendly assistance lends a positive first note.

Justice of the Peace Court Focuses on Professionalism
When the Justice of the Peace (JP) Court celebrated its 40th Anniversary this November, it also celebrated 10 years of the Court’s Legal Education Program.

eFiling Expands in the Supreme Court
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.

Guardianships Play an Important Role in Protecting the Vulnerable
While the Court of Chancery is known for its role in corporate litigation, it plays, perhaps, an even more important role – that of approving and overseeing adult guardianships. In fulfilling this essential function, it is greatly assisted by the Office of the Public Guardian.

A Glance at the FY 2008 Judicial Branch Budget
The development of the Judicial Branch budget involves a lengthy process lasting almost a full year from start to finish. The process begins, internally, with courts and non-judicial agencies submitting their requests to the Chief Justice for mission critical operating and capital needs each August.

New Fire Safety Plan Implemented in the New Castle County Courthouse
To enhance fire safety and preparedness in the New Castle County Courthouse (NCCCH), the Administrative Office of the Courts worked with the individual courts to implement a new fire safety plan in the NCCCH in early November 2006.

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