Delaware Courts are in Phase Two of the reopening plan as of June 15, 2020, allowing the public to return to court facilities. Learn more about the public reopening plan.

For the latest on the Delaware Judiciary response to COVID-19 – and for contact information for each court during this emergency – please visit The Delaware Judiciary Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) page.

The Justice of the Peace Court is open and hearing cases. If you receive a notice to appear you must do so unless you notify the Court in advance and make other arrangements. Many court matters are being held online; you are expected to appear via phone or computer. Failure to appear as directed may result in a capias (bench warrant) issued for your arrest.

Appropriate Attire


The following attire is deemed inappropriate for court appearances and entry into a Justice of the Peace court facility:

  • Clothing that:
    • Contains offensive illustrations including those depicting:
      • Profane language
      • Acts of violence
      • Acts of a sexual nature
    • Promotes drugs or alcohol use
    • Is gang related
  • Muscle shirts and tank tops
  • Halters, tube tops or bare midriffs
  • Clothing that is see through or unduly revealing
  • Cut off jeans or extremely short shorts
  • Micro or mini Skirts
  • Pants that fall below the hips or expose undergarments or bare skin
  • Hair curlers, hats or head coverings (except those worn for religious purposes)
  • Bare feet
  • Any other attire that is deemed inappropriate by the presiding judicial officer

Wearing inappropriate attire and being denied entry to the courthouse will not be an excuse as to tardiness or failure to appear for any court hearing. It is in the best interest of all persons entering the court to always wear acceptable clothing as failure to appear or tardiness may result in the issuance of a capias. For more information, please read Policy Directive 11-240.