DELAWARE COURT STRUCTURE FREE LEGAL REPORT by MissPowerPoint

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									Delaware
(Court structure as of Fiscal Year 2007) Supreme Court 5 justices sit in panels and en banc COLR

CSP Case Types: Mandatory jurisdiction in civil, capital criminal, criminal, disciplinary, advisory opinions for the executive and legislature, original proceeding cases. Discretionary jurisdiction in civil, noncapital criminal, certified questions from federal courts, interlocutory decision cases. link Court of Chancery (3 counties) 1 chancellor and 4 vicechancellors No jury trials CSP Case Types: Tort, contract, real property, mental health. Exclusive probate/estate. GJC Superior Court (3 counties) 19 judges Jury trials except in appeals

GJC A

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CSP Case Types: Tort, contract, real property, mental health, miscellaneous civil, civil appeals. Exclusive felony. Misdemeanor, criminal appeals. link

Court of Common Pleas* (3 counties) 9 judges Jury trials in some cases

LJC A

LJC Family Court (3 counties) 17 judges, No jury trials CSP Case Types: Exclusive domestic relations. Misdemeanor. Exclusive juvenile. Traffic infractions (juvenile). link

CSP Case Types: Tort, contract, real property rights ($0-$50,000), miscellaneous civil, civil appeals. Preliminary hearings, misdemeanor, criminal appeals. link

LJC Justice of the Peace Court* (18 courts) 57 justices of the peace, 1 chief magistrate and 3 deputy chief magistrates Jury trials in some cases CSP Case Types: Tort, contract, real property ($0$15,000). Misdemeanor. Traffic infractions. link

LJC Alderman’s Court (6 courts) Locally funded ~9 alderman No jury trials CSP Case Types: Misdemeanor. Traffic/other violations. link Legend
COLR = Court of Last Resort IAC = Intermediate Appellate Court = Appellate level GJC = General Jurisdiction Court LJC = Limited Jurisdiction Court = Trial level A = Appeal from Admin. Agency = Route of appeal

* The Municipal Court of Wilmington was eliminated effective May 1, 1998, and a new Justice of the Peace Court was created in Wilmington.


								
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