The Delaware State Courts will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024 for Memorial Day. Justice of the Peace Court 11 (New Castle County) and Court 7 (Kent County) will remain open 24 hours and Justice of the Peace Court 3 (Sussex County) will be open from 6AM-Midnight (no new cases after 11PM).

Court of Chancery

Court of Chancery Courtroom

Who We

Are


The Delaware Court of Chancery is widely recognized as the nation's preeminent forum for the determination of disputes involving the internal affairs of the thousands upon thousands of Delaware corporations and other business entities through which a vast amount of the world's commercial affairs is conducted. Its unique competence in and exposure to issues of business law are unmatched.

History

A short history of the Court of Chancery, which dates back to 1792.

Jurisdiction

Detailed description of the legal jurisdiction of the Court.

Judicial Officers

Short biographies on the judicial officers of the Court.

Chancery Opinions & Orders

Latest and archived decisions by the Court.

Rules & Amendments

Rules and recent amendments governing Court procedures.
 Standing Order No. 10 , effective July 27, 2022

Court Costs & Filing Fees

List of fees and charges.

Information &

Services



Attorneys and Litigants

Guidelines for Persons Litigating in the Court of Chancery

Best Practices and Procedures for eFiling/Filing with the Register in Chancery in the Court of Chancery

Guidelines for Requesting Court of Chancery Rule 174(b) Mediation

Guide for Self-Represented Litigants in Civil Actions in the Court of Chancery

Guidelines for Requesting Special Designation of Judicial Officers in Court of Chancery Actions

All filings in civil actions in the Court of Chancery must be electronically filed through File & ServeXpress by an attorney licensed to practice in Delaware. If you have not yet retained Delaware counsel or are self-represented, please contact the Register in Chancery at 302-255-0544 for guidance on alternate methods for submitting filings to the Court of Chancery.

Guardianship

In the Court of Chancery a guardian is a person appointed to make medical and/or financial decisions on behalf of a person with a disability.

Learn More About the Guardianship Process in Delaware.


Litigants with after hours or holiday emergency filings for Guardianships ONLY that need immediate Court attention should contact the Court by email at Chancery_Guardianship_Emergency_Filings@delaware.gov. Someone will be in contact with you. Please do not use this email for communication to the Court regarding Civil Action cases. This is strictly for Guardianship Emergencies.

For the Media

Guidelines for Use of Laptops in the Courtroom.

Court of Chancery Calendar.

Docket Information - Civil actions filed with the court are available online at File and ServeXpress.

View the latest news.


Court Resources

Contact information and requirements for Special Process Servers.

Reserve one of our Conference Rooms for your next meeting.

Mediation Guidelines - information on Voluntary Mediation in the Court of Chancery.

Request transcripts - contacts and costs.

Clerkships at the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Internships at the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Latest News and

Announcements


Court of Chancery Announces Winners in Student Art Scholarship Contest

(2024 Apr 24) The Delaware Court of Chancery is proud to announce the winners of its 2nd Annual Legal History Art Contest, which was open to Delaware students in grades 7-12, to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s historic ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, ordering the desegregation of public schools across the nation.

The Honorable Sam Glasscock III informed Governor John Carney this month of his intent to retire from the position of Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery effective January 7, 2025. “We are losing an exceptional corporate mind from our ranks, as the Vice Chancellor’s contributions to the development of our law are unmatched,” said Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick.

(2023 Sept 25) Chancellor Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick today signed an order adopting amendments to Court of Chancery Rules 7, 10, 17 through 25, and 171. This group of amendments is the first installment of a larger effort to update, modernize, and improve the Court of Chancery’s Rules. The Court anticipates completing the project in 2025 but will publish the amendments in a series of tranches to minimize delay in providing the benefits of the amendments.



Court

Locations


The Court of Chancery has offices in New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County. The addresses and phone numbers for each location are listed below.


Leonard L. Williams
Justice Center

500 North King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

302-255-0544
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Kent County
Courthouse

414 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901

302-735-1930
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Court of Chancery
Courthouse

34 The Circle
Georgetown, DE 19947

302-856-5777
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Register of

Wills


The Register of Wills is responsible for assisting individuals and attorneys with the probate process and maintains records relating to estates. The Register of Wills is a clerk of the Court of Chancery and has an office in each county of the state.

New Castle County Officeexternal link opens in new window

Kent County Officeexternal link opens in new window

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