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


Vincent J. Poppiti, Esquire

first term ends May 2017

Peggy L. Ableman, Esquire

first term ends May 2017

Tasha M. Stevens, Esquire

first term ends May 2017

Stephen P. Lamb, Esquire

first term ends May 2018

David J. Margules, Esquire

first term ends May 2018

Patricia R. Urban, Esquire

first term ends May 2018

Craig T. Eliassen, Esquire

first term ends September 2020

Henry E. Gallagher, Jr., Esquire

first term ends September 2020

A. Richard Heffron

first term ends May 2017

Suzanne R. Linderman

first term ends May 2017

Michael D. Fleming

first term ends May 2018