Delaware Courts have returned to Phase Two of the reopening plan as of November 16, 2020. 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.

Beginning 12/18, Justice of the Peace Court 9 will close at 4PM and remain closed through January, 2021. Court 9 Civil Filings can be accomplished by: eFIling, Mail-in, In-person at Court 13 (located at 2 Penns Way, New Castle, 302-323-6070), or Dropbox at Court 9. Court 9 Criminal/Traffic Cases inquiries can be directed to Court 11 (located at 2 Penns Way, New Castle, 302-323-4450). We anticipate reopening Court 9 on Monday, February 1, 2021.

Justice of the Peace Court's Response to

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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.

JP Court takes the health of you and our staff very seriously. Everyone entering a JP Court location is screened for COVID-19 symptoms. You must bring a facemask with you. Court lobbies and courtrooms have limited room due to social distancing. Some people may be asked to wait outside the court facility for a short time until called by the Court.

Many cases can be handled by video. To request a video hearing with a judge instead of appearing in person, please complete the fillable “Request for Information” form.


 Questions

For questions regarding the COVID-19 virus and the JP Court, email us at JPCourt_COVID-19@delaware.gov. Voicemail messages may also be left at our main administration number 302-323-4530.
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Civil Matters

  Form 50 update: Effective Monday, November 30, 2020 the Justice of the Peace Court will implement new procedures and a new option for filing a Certificate of Representation for an Artificial Entity or Public Body, more commonly known as the Form 50.

  • The notarial requirement has been replaced with an affirmation under penalty of perjury and/or termination of representation privileges.
  • The preferred method of submission for a Form 50 is via email to the Chief Magistrate’s office atChiefMagistrateOffice@Delaware.gov. You must pay by credit card using the Form 50 Credit Card Processing Form (Misc Form 43). This completed form must be included when emailing the Form 50 request.
  • Filers will receive their processed Form 50 via email to the email address listed on the form.
  • Form 50s will be accepted in person at the Chief Magistrate’s office, 5 East Pine Street, Georgetown, DE 19947 on Mondays and Wednesdays ONLY. The office is closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Form 50s will continue to be accepted via mail, but the preferred method of submission is email.

Updated forms and information can be found at https://courts.delaware.gov/jpcourt/.

  CDC Declaration Form

 For information regarding Civil matters, please review the JP Court Civil Case Frequently Asked Questions.

 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Administrative Order 2020-1—In Re: Procedures for Landlord/Tenant Matters (September 9, 2020)

 Interest of Justice Standard – Landlord/Tenant Eviction Requests —A Practical Understanding for Landlord/Tenant Eviction Requests

 Interest of Justice Requirements on Writs of Possession

 Mediation Program: The Justice of the Peace Court is introducing a new mediation program to resolve civil cases before they go to trial. As part of this program cases filed before July 1, 2020 will be scheduled for a pre-trial conference. Please review the Civil Court Pre-Trial Conference Process for more information.

 Landlords and Tenants - Rent Not Paid Because of COVID-19?: There may be rental assistance available from the Delaware State Housing Authority. To find out who is eligible and how to apply, visit the Delaware Housing Assistance Program (DE HAP) eligibility page for more information.

 Foreclosure & Eviction Prevention: Gov. Carney, AG Jennings, DSHA, Delaware Judiciary Announce Joint Effort on Foreclosure & Eviction Prevention, July 1, 2020 — Governor John Carney, Attorney General Kathy Jennings, Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) Director Anas Ben Addi and Justice of the Peace Court Chief Magistrate Alan Davis announced a joint effort on foreclosure and eviction prevention to support Delaware homeowners and renters financially impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown.

 Many cases can be handled by video. To request a video hearing with a judge instead of appearing in person, please complete the fillable “Request for Information” form.

Traffic

For requests to reschedule a traffic matter, please fill out and submit the Continuance Request Form for Criminal Cases.

Many cases can be handled by video. To request a video hearing with a judge instead of appearing in person, please complete the fillable “Request for Information” form.

Criminal

For requests to reschedule a criminal matter, please fill out and submit the Continuance Request Form for Criminal Cases.

Many cases can be handled by video. To request a video hearing with a judge instead of appearing in person, please complete the fillable “Request for Information” form.

Bail

The below Justice of the Peace Court locations are open 24/7 to take bail for all courts. Please contact the court location prior to coming to post bail as there may be some restrictions for some case types and courts.

New Castle County
Justice of the Peace Court 11
2 Penns Way, Suite 100A
New Castle, DE
302-323-4450
JPCourt11@delaware.gov

Kent County
Justice of the Peace Court 7
480 Bank Lane
Dover, DE
302-739-4554
JPCourt07@delaware.gov

Sussex County
Justice of the Court 3
23730 Shortly Road
Georgetown, DE
302-856-1445
JPCourt03@delaware.gov


Justice of the Peace Court Orders

12-14-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 6 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures and Scheduling of Cases New
09-11-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Administrative Order 2020-1—In Re: Procedures for Landlord/Tenant Matters
07-08-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 5 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures and Scheduling of Cases
06-30-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has provided information regarding the COVID-19 LLT Rejection Process
06-03-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 4 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
05-18-2020 As a result of the COVID-19 social distancing needs, the Justice of the Peace Court is offering different ways to resolve cases including holding hearings remotely, if and when possible. Such accommodation can be made through a Request for Defendant Contact Information.
04-23-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 3 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
04-06-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued a statement on bail during the COVID-19 emergency
04-01-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Civil Case Frequently Asked Questions
03-27-2020 Justice of the Peace Court has issued Standing Order No. 2 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
03-14-2020Justice of the Peace Court has issued a new standing order to help limit the spread of COVID-19 virus
03-13-2020Justice of the Peace Court has issued a Standing Order Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
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