The Superior Court by the Honorable Henry duPont Ridgely, the Honorable Clarence W. Taylor, the Honorable Richard R. Cooch, F. Alton Tybout, Esq., and Kevin J. O'Connell, Esq.
Superior Court's 175th Anniversary Commemoration
The 175th anniversary of the court's creation under the Delaware Constitution of 1831 was commemorated with a Special Session of the Superior Court.
Delaware judges, government officials, and distinguished guests gathered for the celebration at the historic New Castle County Courthouse, in New Castle, Delaware on April 9, 2007.
To learn some little known facts about the early days of the court and the people involved, read the complete 175th Anniversary Ceremony transcript.
Although Superior Court's heritage can be traced back more than 339 years to December 6, 1669, our law courts which represent today's Superior Court jurisdiction, were decreed under the Constitution of 1831.
The law courts included Superior Court, which heard civil matters, the Court of General Sessions, which heard criminal matters, and the Court of Oyer and Terminer, which heard capital cases and consisted of all four law judges for the other two courts.
Excerpt from the event April 9, 2007 commemoration:
"Today, Monday, April 9, 2007, marks the 175th Anniversary of the first session held by the Superior Court. Resident Judge Samuel M. Harrington, one of the original Superior Court judges appointed after approval of the Constitution of 1831, recorded in Volume 1 of his reports – and I quote...
'The Superior Court held its first session at Georgetown in Sussex County on Monday, the 9th of April 1832.'
This special session today is being held to commemorate this milestone in the Court's history,"