Ground Broken For New Sussex Co. Family Court Courthouse

Ground was broken for the new Sussex County Family Court Courthouse in Georgetown Tuesday, June 28th (photo courtesy of Delaware Judiciary)
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Work is getting underway this fall on a new Sussex County Family Court Courthouse. The facility will be located at Race and Market Streets in Georgetown, across from the County Courthouse. Elected officials, members of the judiciary and local citizens gathered Tuesday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site. “This is a great day…

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Del. Judicial Emergency To End July 13th

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Delaware’s COVID-19 judicial emergency will come to an end July 13th, along with Delaware’s state of emergency. A mask mandate will also be lifted for fully vaccinated people who visit or work in court facilities effective Thursday, July 1st.People who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear face coverings in judicial facilities. Chief Justice…

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Del. Courts Ready To Restart Jury Trials Tuesday

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Delaware Courts are taking steps toward reopening more proceedings and services. Phase Three of Courts Reopening is scheduled to take effect next Tuesday, June 1st. This will allow many in-person proceedings, including jury trials, to resume. More visitors and staff will also be allowed into courthouses. Face masks will still be required in accordance with…

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Del. Courts Form Domestic Violence Bail Review Task Force

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Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Collins Seitz Junior has announced formation of the Delaware Domestic Violence Bail Review Task Force. The panel is expected to come up with recommendations surrounding judicial bail procedures in domestic violence cases and recommend best practices. Members of the judiciary, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates and legislators will serve on…

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Del. Courts Unveil Diversity Initiative

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Delaware is looking to make progress with diversity in the courts. Supreme Court Chief Justice Collins Seitz Junior Monday announced the Delaware Bench and Bar Diversity Project. A steering committee of judicial officers, individuals and organizations will lead efforts to build and sustain a more diverse bench and bar. The project was launched in collaboration…

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Del. Jury Trials May Resume In June

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Jury trials in Delaware may resume in June, as courts prepare to move into Phase Three of reopening. Chief Justice Collins Seitz Junior said Friday that with COVID-19 health metrics improving, the courts hope to resume more normal court operations in June. Courts also plan to schedule vaccination clinics for members of the judiciary and…

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Del. Judicial Health Emergency Extended For 30 Days

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Delaware’s judicial emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended for another 30 days. Chief Justice Collins Seitz Junior extended the terms of Phase Two of court reopening. Jury trials remain on hold.This is the 12th time the judicial Emergency has been extended since the start of the pandemic. To read the Administrative Order, please…

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Del. Chancellor Andre Bouchard Announces Retirement

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Chancellor of Delaware’s Court of Chancery Andre Bouchard plans to retire effect April 30th, 2021. Bouchard announced his decision to Governor John Carney and to judicial colleagues Tuesday. Bouchard called Chancery Court a “revered place with a 228-year tradition of excellence.” He added that what makes it special are the people, “who dedicate themselves to…

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