Wilmington Office
1310 King Street
Box 1328
Wilmington, DE 19899
Tel: 302.888.6500
Fax: 302.658.8111
Contact/Directions

Dover Office
11 North State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Tel: 302.674.3841
Fax: 302.674.5864
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Delaware Court Information

State Courts

Federal Courts

 


 

Delaware Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court is the state's highest court, with final appellate jurisdiction in certain criminal and most civil appeals from the Court of Chancery and the Superior Court.  Although the Court maintains offices in Wilmington and Georgetown, cases are typically heard at the Supreme Court Building located on The Green in Dover.

The Court consists of a chief justice and four justices who are appointed by the governor to terms of 12 years. 

 

  • The Clerk of the Supreme Court is located in Dover at:

    Delaware Supreme Court Building
    55 The Green
    PO Box 476
    Dover, DE 19903
    Phone: (302) 739-4155
    Fax: (302) 739-3751
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30-4:30


Delaware Court of Chancery

The Delaware Court of Chancery is widely recognized as the United States’ preeminent forum for resolving disputes involving corporations and other business entities.  The Court has jurisdiction over matters arising in equity as well as statutory jurisdiction in a variety of other matters. 

The Court of Chancery's judicial officers include the Chancellor and four Vice Chancellors, who are appointed by the Governor to serve terms of twelve years. Current Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock, III practiced with Prickett, Jones prior to his appointment to the Court. The Court also has two Masters in Chancery who assist the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors on an as-needed basis. 

There are no trials by jury in the Court of Chancery, and all matters are heard by either the Chancellor, a Vice Chancellor or, in some cases, a Master in Chancery.  The Court sits in each of Delaware's three counties, and although the majority of cases are filed in New Castle County, the Court has statewide jurisdiction and may schedule hearings and trials in any one of the counties as the Court's schedule permits.

For more information on the history of the Court of Chancery, click here to access an article co-authored by Prickett, Jones director Michael Hanrahan that is available on the Court of Chancery's web site.

The clerk of the Court of Chancery is known as the Register in Chancery. 

  • The three offices of the Register in Chancery are located at:

    New Castle County:

    New Castle County Courthouse
    500 North King Street
    Suite 1551
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    Phone: (302) 255-0544
    Fax: (302) 255-2213
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30-5:00

    Kent County:

    Kent County Courthouse
    38 The Green
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: (302) 736-2242
    Fax: (302) 736-2240
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:00-4:30

    Sussex County:

    Court of Chancery Courthouse
    34 The Circle
    Georgetown, DE 19947
    Phone: (302) 856-5777
    Fax: (302) 856-5778
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:00-4:30


Delaware Superior Court

The Delaware Superior Court is the state's primary trial court of general jurisdiction over matters arising at law.  The Court sits in each of Delaware's three counties and has statewide jurisdiction.

The Superior Court has jurisdiction over most criminal cases and general civil matters, including all civil disputes at law where the amount in controversy exceeds $50,000. The Court has approximately 20 judges who hear both civil and criminal matters.  Several past Prickett, Jones directors have gone on to serve as judges on the Superior Court, including Kent County Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr.

The Delaware Superior Court also serves as an intermediate appellate court, hearing appeals on the record from the Court of Common Pleas, Family Court, and many state administrative agencies.

The clerk of the Superior Court is known as the Prothonotary. 

  • The three offices of the Prothonotary are located at:

    New Castle County:

    New Castle County Courthouse
    500 North King Street
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    Telephone:  (302) 255-0800
    Fax: (302) 255-2261
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30-5:00

    Kent County:

    Kent County Courthouse
    38 The Green
    Dover, DE 19901
    Telephone: (302) 739-3184
    Fax: (302) 739-7162
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:00-4:30

    Sussex County:

    Sussex County Courthouse
    1 The Circle, Suite 2
    Georgetown, DE 19947
    Telephone: (302) 855-7055
    Fax:  (302) 856-5955
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:00-4:30


U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

The United States District Court for the District of Delaware, located in Wilmington, has statewide jurisdiction.  The Court's judicial officers include four judges, as well as two magistrate judges who conduct mediations and perform such other tasks as are assigned by the Court.

Filings with the Delaware District Court are made electronically through its CM/ECF filing system.  Filings may be viewed and downloaded from the Delaware WebPACER system.  A CM/ECF Filer or PACER account is required.

Under the District of Delaware’s Local Rules, all filings that are required to be signed by an attorney must be signed by an attorney who is a member of the bar of the state of Delaware

  • The District of Delaware Clerk is located at:

    U.S. District Court Clerk’s Office
    J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building
    844 N. King Street
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    Telephone:  (302) 573-6170
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30-4:30


U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has jurisdiction over bankruptcy matters arising in the state.  The Court, which sits in Wilmington, has seven judges and has traditionally been one of the most active jurisdictions for bankruptcy filings in the country, due in part to the large number of corporations and other business entities formed in Delaware.

The Court occupies several floors of the building at 824 North Market Street, which is across King Street from the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building.

Filings with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware are made electronically through its CM/ECF filing system.  Filings may be viewed and downloaded from the Court's WebPACER system.  A CM/ECF Filer or PACER account is required.

  • The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware's Clerk is located at:

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Office
    824 North Market Street
    3rd Floor
    Wilmington, Delaware 19801
    Telephone: (302) 252-2900
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:00-4:00