The Court on the Judiciary


About COJ


Purpose and Powers of the Court


Under Article IV, Section 37 of the Delaware Constitution, the Court on the Judiciary has the power to discipline a state judicial officer for:

  1. Wilful misconduct in office;
  2. Wilful and persistent failure to perform duties;
  3. The commission after appointment as a judicial officer of an offense involving moral turpitude;
  4. Other persistent misconduct in violation of the Delaware Judges' Code of Conduct.

The Court may also retire a judicial officer suffering from a mental or physical disability that interferes with the proper performance of the duties of judicial office.


Members of the Court on the Judiciary


The Court on the Judiciary is composed of the Chief Justice and Justices of the Delaware Supreme Court, the Chancellor of the Court of Chancery, the President Judge of the Superior Court, the Chief Judge of the Family Court, and the Chief Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.*


Current Members of the Court on the Judiciary


The Honorable Leo E. Strine, Jr., Chief Justice, Supreme Court.
The Honorable Randy J. Holland, Justice, Supreme Court.
The Honorable Karen L. Valihura, Justice, Supreme Court.
The Honorable James T. Vaughn, Jr., Justice, Supreme Court.
The Honorable Collins J. Seitz, Jr., Justice, Supreme Court.
The Honorable Andre G. Bouchard, Chancellor, Court of Chancery.
The Honorable Jan R. Jurden, President Judge, Superior Court.
The Honorable Michael K. Newell, Chief Judge, Family Court.
The Honorable Alex J. Smalls, Chief Judge, Court of Common Pleas.

*On July 1, 2015, the Senate passed House Bill 112, the first leg of a constitutional amendment that would add the Chief Magistrate of the Justice of the Peace Court to the Court on the Judiciary so that the presiding judge of each of the six state courts serves as a member.