Court of Chancery

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Who We


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.


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


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 &


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.


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 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


Court of Chancery Publishes Revised Sample Confidentiality And Quick Peek Stipulations

The Court of Chancery published revised samples of a one-tiered confidentiality stipulation, two-tiered confidentiality stipulation, and quick-peek stipulation on July 12, 2024. The revised samples conform the published forms to recent amendments to the Court of Chancery Rules implemented on May 31, 2024. The Court also issued a new implementing order addressing the May 31 rule changes. The new implementing order corrects cross references in the Comment to newly amended Rule 5 and in newly amended Rule 12(h)(2)(b). The revised sample forms and new implementing order are available on the rules web page.

Chancellor Grover C. Brown was first appointed to the bench in 1971 as a judge on the newly expanded Family Court. When a position on the Court of Chancery opened a few years later, Brown told the selection committee that “if you can’t find a candidate, and you’re desperate for somebody, throw my name in.” So it happened, and Delaware was the richer for it. Brown was appointed as Vice Chancellor in 1973 and elevated to the position of Chancellor in 1982. He returned to private practice in 1985 with the law firm Morris, James, Hitches & Williams and then joined the law firm Gordon Fournaris & Mammarella, P.A., in 2000 as Special Counsel. Read the full press release on Chancellor Brown's passing.

(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 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

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Kent County

414 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901

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Court of Chancery

34 The Circle
Georgetown, DE 19947

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Register of


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.

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