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.

Most Justice of the Peace Court locations will close at noon on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Only Justice of the Peace Court 11 (New Castle County), Court 7 (Kent County), and Court 3 (Sussex County) will remain open.

Justice of the Peace Court

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.
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 Justice of the Peace Court 13 moved to a new location. The new address is: 2 Penns Way, Suite 203, New Castle, DE 19720. The telephone number is 302-323-6070.

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As the place where justice starts, it is the mission of the Justice of the Peace Court to serve the people of Delaware by efficient and accessible administration of justice for all, and to treat all persons with integrity, fairness, and respect. Legal Jurisdiction of the Justice of the Peace Court is explained in our Jurisdiction section.


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Mission, Vision & Goals

Our mission is to serve the people of Delaware by efficient and accessible justice.


History

As early as the 1600's, Justices of the Peace were commissioned to handle minor cases.


Jurisdiction

The Justice of the Peace Courts are authorized by the Constitution of Delaware.


Judicial Officers

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The Speaker's Bureau talks with local organizations about Court procedures.



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Justice of the Peace Court Form 50 Procedures 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. To see complete details of all changes go to FORM 50 information page.


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Justice of the Peace Court Increase Civil Jurisdiction to $25,000

Effective November 23, 2020 — The Governor signed House Bill 232 (AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 10 AND TITLE 25 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO JURISDICTION OF THE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURT AND SUMMARY POSSESSION). This Act both raises the jurisdictional limit of the Justice of the Peace Court to $25,000 and allows the Justice of the Peace to consider claims in excess of the jurisdictional limit where the underlying matter involves a commercial tenancy and possession of the rental unit is at issue.


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Justice of the Peace Court launches new Online Dispute Resolution program

November 10, 2020 — New secure online portal allows for quick, equitable resolution of disputes without ever going into a courthouse – saving litigants and the court both time, money. For additional information about this program, please visit the Justice of the Peace Court's ODR web page.


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Updated AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE CARES ACT form (CF71)

Effective July 13, 2020 — The Justice of the Peace Court has updated their Affidavit in Support of Compliance with the Cares Act Form CF71 by adding an option to select regarding a rules violation. You can find this form on our website under forms. Please discontinue use of this form dated prior to 7/13/20.


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Justice of the Peace Court Has Resumed Operations and Reminds the Public that They Must Respond to Notices to Appear

July 7, 2020 — All Justice of the Peace Court locations across the state are open and are hearing cases. The Court reminds the public if you receive a notice to appear in Court you must do so unless you notify the Court in advance and make other arrangements.


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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.


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Updated Complaint Form (CF01)

Effective May 22, 2020 — The Justice of the Peace Court has updated their Complaint Form CF01. You can find this form on our website under forms. Please replace any older versions of this document.


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Standing Order No. 3 Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures

April 23, 2020— Justice of the Peace Court issues new standing order to help limit the spread of COVID-19 virus.


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Justice of the Peace Court issues new standing order to help limit the spread of COVID-19 virus

For release March 13, 2020— Justice of the Peace Court issues new standing order to help limit the spread of COVID-19 virus. Effective March 17, 2020, the Justice of the Peace Court will be taking measures to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please review the new Standing Order Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures.


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E-Filing at the Justice of the Peace Court

Effective July 8, 2019 – The Justice of the Peace Court has updated its Policy Directive regarding e-filing. Please review Policy Directive 08-232 (1st) for changes in Training, Fees and Time of eFiling. The Court has updated the list of reasons that a filing maybe rejected by the court. Review the rejected reason list prior to submitting your filing to avoid delays in the acceptance of your filing.


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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 visit the constables page for more information including Rule 69 and Levy/Constable Sales questions and answers.