Delaware Docket Newsletter
Winter 2008

We are pleased to present the Winter 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 Supreme Court's Criminal Justice/Mental Health Task Force
Delaware has been selected through a competitive process to be one of four states to participate in a Criminal Justice/Mental Health Initiative. The Initiative is a national project designed to assist state Supreme Court Chief Justices to spearhead task forces of state leaders in the mental health and criminal justice system.

Excerpts From the Chief Justice's Budget Remarks Before the Joint Finance Committee
On February 11, 2009, Chief Justice Myron T. Steele presented the Judicial Branch's budgetary needs for Fiscal Year 2010 to the Joint Finance Committee of the General Assembly.

Delaware Chief Justice Myron Steele Named One of Most Influential Persons in Business Ethics in 2008
Ethisphere Magazine recently named Chief Justice Myron T. Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court as ninth in their list of the 100 most influential persons in business ethics for 2008.

New Seminars Help Family Court Litigants
With more than three-quarters of Family Court litigants representing themselves, there is a tremendous need for information to assist them in navigating the court system. Recently introduced self-help seminars held by the Court are providing another resource to help these litigants.

Seminar Sponsored by National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Held in Delaware
Judge John E. Henriksen of the FAmily Court was the host judge for a seminar about "Understanding and Responding to the Sexual Behavior of Adolescents" held in April 2008 by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Supreme Court Racial and Ethnic Fairness Initiative Sponsors Events for Students, Court Staff and Judges
Twenty-five students from Bayard Middle School in Wilmington recently spent the morning in the New Castle County Courthouse attending a Youth Forum to learn more about the court system and careers in the law.

New Guardianship Monitor Position in the Court of Chancery
The Court of Chancery is pleased to announce the addition of a guardianship monitor position within the Court of Chancery.

Use of E-Filing Expands
As a part of the new COTS integrated case management system project, e-filing became available through the "eFlex" system in the Justice of the Peace Court through a pilot project involving a limited number of filers in July 2007.

Superior Court Creates Mortgage Foreclosure Dormant Docket
With mortgage foreclosures increasing dramatically, the Superior Court has created new procedures for such cases which allow for time for parties, who so choose, to engage in negotiations and cure the default.

Supreme Court Co-Sponsors Conference on Business Courts
With more than 60 percent of the nation's Fortune 500 companies incorporated in Delaware, Delaware's Supreme Court, Court of Chancery and Superior Court have long been recognized as model forums for corporate and commercial cases, providing an efficient and sophisticated resolution of such disputes.

Delaware Judiciary Recognized

Update on Family Court's Court Appointed Special Advocate Program
The Delaware Family Court CASA Program, staffed by ten CASA coordinators and one support person, partners with 223 volunteers who serve as Guardians ad Litem to children in Delaware who have been abused and/or neglected.

Judicial Branch Projects Named a Two Out of Four Finalists for the Governors Team Excellence Award
A team composed of staff of the Office of State Courts Collections Enforcement, a division of the Administrative Office of the Courts, was recently named a finalist in the 2008 Governor's Team Excellence AWard competition for its Supervision Fees Collection Project.

JP Court Consolidates Civil Court Sites; Offers Plan for Consolidation of Staff and Services in Criminal Sites
The Justice of the Peace Court has recently completed consolidations of its civil courts in New Castle and Sussex Counties that are designed to bring new benefits to court users and greater efficiencies to the Court.

Photo of Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland shown with a delegation of Judges from Taiwan who were sent to Delaware by the Chief Justice of Taiwan to study Delaware's business courts to use as a model for establishing a business court system in Taiwan.