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The Delaware Judiciary is composed of the Supreme Court, the Court of Chancery, the Superior Court, the Family Court, the Court of Common Pleas, the Justice of the Peace Court, and related judicial agencies. The Justice of the Peace Court, the initial entry level into the court system for most citizens, has jurisdiction over civil cases in which the disputed amount is less than $15,000. In criminal cases, the Justice of the Peace Court hears certain misdemeanors and most motor vehicle cases (excluding felonies) and the Justices of the Peace may act as committing magistrates for all crimes. The Court of Common Pleas has jurisdiction in civil cases where the amount in controversy, exclusive of interest, does not exceed $50,000. In criminal cases, the Court of Common Pleas handles all misdemeanors occurring in the State except certain drug-related offenses and traffic offenses. The Family Court has extensive jurisdiction over virtually all family and juvenile matters. The Superior Court, the State's court of general jurisdiction, has original jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases except equity cases. The Court has exclusive jurisdiction over felonies and almost all drug offenses. In civil matters, the Court's authority to award damages is not subject to a monetary maximum. The Court of Chancery has jurisdiction to hear all matters relating to equity. The litigation in this tribunal deals largely with corporate issues, trusts, estates, other fiduciary matters, disputes involving the purchase of land and questions of title to real estate as well as commercial and contractual matters. The Supreme Court is the State's appellate court which receives direct appeals from the Court of Chancery, the Superior Court, and the Family Court.

From here you are able to inquire on Delaware state case records including docket entries, parties, judgments, and charges in public courts. In common law jurisdictions, a court of record is a court that keeps permanent records of its proceedings. Judgments of a trial court of record are normally subject to appellate review. In many jurisdictions, all courts are courts of record. In many jurisdictions, courts that have the power to fine or imprison must be courts of record. In almost all jurisdictions, a court of record will have a court clerk whose primary duty is to maintain the permanent records. Traditionally, a court of record was required to have its own unique seal, which was used to authenticate its judgments and copies of its records.

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Delaware Courts - Links to Online Sites

Delaware Justice of the Peace Court
JP Court 01 - Frankford - Criminal
JP Court 02 - Rehoboth - Criminal (Videophone)
JP Court 03 - Georgetown - Criminal
JP Court 04 - Seaford - Criminal
JP Court 06 - Harrington - Criminal
JP Court 07 - Dover - Criminal, Truancy
JP Court 08 - Smyrna - Criminal
JP Court 09 - Middletown - Civil, Criminal
JP Court 10 - Price's Corner - Criminal, Truancy
JP Court 11 - New Castle - Criminal
JP Court 12 - Price's Corner - Civil
JP Court 13 - Wilmington - Civil
JP Court 14 - Georgetown - Criminal
JP Court 15 - Claymont - Criminal
JP Court 16 - Dover - Civil
JP Court 17 - Georgetown - Civil
JP Court 19 - Seaford - Civil
JP Court 20 - Wilmington - Criminal

Delaware Court of Common Pleas
500 North King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Delaware Family Court
New Castle County Courthouse
500 North King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Delaware Superior Court

New Castle County Courthouse
500 North King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Kent County Superior Court
38 The Green
Dover, DE 19901

Sussex County Superior Court
1 The Circle, Suite 2
Georgetown, DE 19947

Delaware Court of Chancery
New Castle County Court of Chancery
New Castle County Courthouse
500 North King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Delaware Supreme Court
Carvel State Office Building
820 North French Street, 11th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801

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