Delaware Courts have ended the judicial emergency as of July 13, 2021.

The Court on the Judiciary


The Preliminary Investigatory Committee


Purpose and Powers


The Preliminary Investigatory Committee investigates complaints against judicial officers and makes written findings and recommendations to the Court on the Judiciary. When a complaint states a claim within the jurisdiction of the Court, the Chief Justice will designate a panel of up to three members of the Preliminary Investigatory Committee to investigate a complaint.


Members of the Preliminary Investigatory Committee


The Preliminary Investigatory Committee has twelve members. Eight are members of the Delaware Bar and four are non-lawyer residents of Delaware from diverse backgrounds. Each member serves up to a four-year term and may not serve more than two consecutive terms.


Current Members of the Preliminary Investigatory Committee


Lawyer Members

Don C. Brown, Esquire

first term ends April 2023

Hon. Richard R. Cooch

first term ends October 2024

Henry E. Gallagher, Jr., Esquire

second term ends September 2024

Rebecca Batson Kidner, Esquire

first term ends October 2024

David J. Margules, Esquire

second term ends May 2022

Hon. Henry duPont Ridgely

first term expires October 2024

Tetra S. Shockley, Esquire

first term expires October 2024

Patricia R. Urban, Esquire

second term ends May 2022

Non-Lawyer Members

Reid Beveridge

second term ends May 2022

Jennifer Cohan

first term expires October 2024

Michael D. Fleming

second term ends May 2022

Michael J. Quaranta

first term ends April 2023