Please be advised: Effective Monday, January 7, 2019, the days of operation for Justice of the Peace Court 8 will change. The new days of operations are as follows: Monday and Tuesday. The hours will remain the same at 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Most Justice of the Peace Court locations will be closed Tuesday, December 25, 2018 for Christmas Day and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for the New Year’s Day holiday. Only Justice of the Peace Court 11 (New Castle County), 7 (Kent County), and 3 (Sussex County) will remain open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Constable Sales

Constable Sales Public Meeting

The Delaware Justice of the Peace Court will hold a series of public meetings in May to solicit comments and suggestions about proposed changes to the judgment execution process used in the Court. Please see the documents below for more information.

Common Terms

Plaintiff(s): The person, company or other entity filing a complaint against another person, company or other entity.

Defendant(s): The person, company or other entity that the case is filed against.

Judgment Creditor(s): The person, company or other entity who should receive the money as ordered by the Court.

Judgment Debtor(s): The person, company or other entity who owes the money as ordered by the Court.

What is a Constable?

A constable is a peace officer employed by the State of Delaware though the Justice of the Peace Court. A constable conducts civil services for the Court including but not limited to serving summonses and subpoenas, executing writs of possession (evictions), and other civil judgments such as wage and property garnishments, replevins, distress for rent, levies of property and constable sales. As peace officers, constables may arrest with or without warrant for violators of the State of Delaware penal laws.

What is a Constable Sale?

After a creditor/plaintiff has filed a levy of property in order to satisfy a debt owed for a civil judgment against a debtor/defendant, the creditor may request that a sale of property levied upon be conducted by the Court in order to satisfy the judgment. The sale is then conducted by the constable, at the property location where the public, including the creditor may bid for the purchase of the property. The amount acquired at the time of sale is then used to help satisfy the judgment.

When and Where Constable Sales Are Held

Refer to the Constable Sale Listing for the exact date, time and location of each sale. Generally, Constable Sales are scheduled as follows:

  • New Castle County sales are scheduled for every Thursday of the month.
  • Kent County sales are scheduled for every Wednesday of the month.
  • Sussex County sales are scheduled for every Tuesday of the month.

Auction Guidelines

  • Court Constable Sales are "cash deals" only.
  • Any financing must be arranged prior to the auction. Being pre-approved is not sufficient.
  • Upon completion of the sale the winning bidder is expected to pay "cash" for the full amount of the winning bid.
  • Properties and goods are sold sight unseen, as is; there is no "walk-through", examination of working conditions, or appraisal for the properties or goods and chattels before or after the sale.

Winning Bidder Responsibilities

If you do not understand this information, please contact an attorney.
  • All sales are FINAL and are non-refundable.
  • You may have to evict occupants at your own expense.
  • You must remove all property immediately at the end of sale.
  • Automobiles—Motor Vehicles/Mobile Homes:
    • Sold "as is where is."
    • Purchaser is responsible for insuring motor vehicles per 21 Del. C., Section 2118.
    • Purchaser is responsible for removing the mobile home/motor vehicle at the time of sale regardless of conditions or make arrangements with the owner of the property on which the mobile home/vehicle is located.
    • Court Orders for obtaining title will be available five business days from the date of sale.
    • Constable will issue a Bill of Sale at the time of sale showing legal ownership.
    • Purchaser is responsible for titling the mobile home/motor vehicle per 21 Del. C. Chapters 21-25.

 Notice of Constable Sales

The Constable Sales are available below in PDF format and are downloadable for your use. You can also call the Constable Sales Hotline at (302) 323-6078 for general information. All constable sales are buyer beware. You are urged to review the Auction Guidelines above and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.

Upcoming Sales

Sale County
01-03-2019 JP13-17-015431 New Castle County
01-10-2019 JP13-17-014623 New Castle County
1/9/2019 JP16-18-003718 Kent County
12-18-2018 JP17-17-004711 Sussex County
12-18-2018 JP17-18-004699 Sussex County
1-8-2019 JP16-15-006370 Sussex County

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions