Courts in Delaware
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Delaware's state court system is large, and is comprised of Justice of the Peace Courts, (Justice Courts,) Courts of Common Pleas, Superior Courts, Family Courts, The Court of Chancery, and the Delaware Supreme Court. In Delaware, Justice of the Peace Courts hear cases related to debts or trespass, landlord-tenant cases, criminal misdemeanors, and other civil cases worth less than $15,000. The Court of Common Pleas hears misdemeanors, civil cases worth less than $50,000, and appeals from the Justice Courts. Delaware's Superior Courts hear most criminal and civil cases, and appeals from the Court of Common Pleas. Delaware's Family Courts hear domestic matters including adoption, child support, and child custody. The Delaware Court of Chancery specializes in business law, and hears disputes between the numerous corporations and other businesses in Delaware. The Supreme Court of Delaware is the state's highest court.

Delaware's CourtConnect online database ( provides information regarding Delaware civil cases. If you're trying to find out if someone has judgments against them in Delaware, you can search this database, and case dockets are also available here. Most Delaware court documents are available for public inspection and copying during normal business hours at the court where they are held.
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30, Sep 2014 - Court: Big Newtown Square development can proceed
A multiyear legal battle over development of a 210-acre parcel in Newtown Square, Delaware County, concluded this week as the state Supreme Court ruled that the ambitious project can move forward.
29, Sep 2014 - Kent, DE Former DSU professor's resisting arrest trial ends in hung jury
The trial of former Delaware State University assistant professor Jahi Issa ended in a mistrial the afternoon of Sept. 17 after a Kent County Court of Common Pleas jury failed to reach a verdict on a charge of resisting arrest during a March 1, 2012, protest on campus.
29, Sep 2014 - Al Jazeera countersues Al Gore over $65 million
By Jennifer Saba (Reuters) - Broadcaster Al Jazeera has gone to court to fight former U.S. vice president Al Gore over $65 million in an escrow account that each claims as part of the sale last year of Current TV to the Qatar-based media company. In a countersuit filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery on Thursday, Al Jazeera is seeking to keep the money that Gore and his former partner Joel ...
29, Sep 2014 - Georgetown, DE Bodenweiser retrial to begin Jan. 12
A retrial of former Delaware Senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser has been scheduled Monday, Jan. 12, but the location of the new trial is still up in the air. Bodenweiser’s attorney, Joe Hurley, has filed a motion to move the case to Delaware Superior Court in Dover. An opening brief in Hurley’s motion is due before Judge E. Scott Bradley Wednesday, Sept. 17. Moving the case to Dover would be ...
29, Sep 2014 - Youngstown man sentenced for 2010 Delaware Avenue shooting
Brandon Clinkscale, 29, of Youngstown, has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, discharging a firearm, felonious assault and a gun specification.
29, Sep 2014 - Delaware teen helps deliver niece at highway rest stop
A Delaware teen is being hailed a hero after she helped deliver her sister’s baby just hours after being nominated to homecoming court.
29, Sep 2014 - Georgetown, DE New Date Set for Bodenweiser Trial
The Department of Justice has set a date for the retrial of former Delaware State Senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser.
28, Sep 2014 - Veteran judge nominated for Delaware Supreme Court
By Tom Hals (Reuters) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell nominated James Vaughn, a 15-year veteran of the state's Superior Court, to the Delaware Supreme Court, which plays a key role in interpreting U.S. corporate law. If confirmed by the state's senate during a special session on Oct. 8, Vaughn, 65, will fill the vacancy left by the Sept. 1 retirement of Carolyn Berger. He would also become the ...
28, Sep 2014 - No Delaware Trial for Court Shooter's Relatives
A federal judge has ordered that the trial of relatives of a man who killed two people at a Delaware courthouse will be held outside the state.
28, Sep 2014 - Alcatel-Lucent, Occupy Wall Street: Intellectual Property
A federal court in Delaware held Sept. 12 that “Chalumeau filed a frivolous lawsuit with the sole purpose of extorting a settlement fee.” The court said “Chalumeau’s entire litigation strategy was devoted to stringing out the case in the hopes that Alcatel would incur fees while Chalumeau would not.
28, Sep 2014 - Andy Reid's son settles with Delco man over West Conshohocken road rage incident
NORRISTOWN – The son of former Eagles head coach Andy Reid has reached a settlement with a Delaware County man who sued him in connection with an alleged road-rage incident that occurred in West Conshohocken.
28, Sep 2014 - Markell taps Vaughn for Delaware Supreme Court
Gov. Jack Markell has nominated the head judge of Delaware's Superior Court system to become the next state Supreme Court justice.
28, Sep 2014 - Maine's Great Northern Paper files for bankruptcy
Once a giant in the paper industry, Great Northern Paper Co. LLC has filed for bankruptcy. The company, based in East Millinocket, Maine, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Tuesday in a Delaware court with ...
27, Sep 2014 - Delco doctor gets 52 years for shooting ex-companion
Margaret Grover pleaded with the Delaware County judge to give her former companion - an emergency-room pediatrician - the maximum sentence for shooting her in the presence of their children during a child-custody exchange.
27, Sep 2014 - Local Woman One Of First Convicted Under PA’s New Straw Purchase Law
A Delaware County woman who purchased two hand guns for a convicted felon is now facing a minimum of five years in jail.
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