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  • March 18, 2020 7:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In response to the recent outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the District of Delaware, the Court has directed that, effective immediately and until further notice, sealed criminal documents shall be filed electronically using the following procedures:  

     Sealed criminal documents shall be electronically submitted to the Court in pdf. format to the following address: SealedCriminal@ded.uscourts.gov Sealed documents requiring the attention of a Magistrate Judge must also be emailed to Keith_Kincaid@ded.uscourts.gov 

    Each pdf. shall be identified by criminal case number and the assigned Judge’s initials. For example, USA v. John Smith, Cr. 20-123, assigned to Chief Judge Stark would be transmitted as: 20cr123-LPS. If multiple defendants are involved, the defendant’s suffix number must be included, for example, USA v. Frank Smith, Cr., 20-123-04 would be transmitted as: 20cr123-04-LPS. 

    The assigned Judge’s docket clerk will retrieve the sealed document and make the entry on the docket. For additional information, contact the Clerk’s Office at 302-573-6170.

    March 18, 2020

    Review Directive here

  • March 18, 2020 7:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANNOUNCEMENT

    March 18, 2020

    All oral arguments scheduled through the end of May 2020 before the Supreme Court of Delaware are cancelled. The Court will decide all March, April, and May appeals without argument unless a motion is filed no later than March 27, 2020 requesting oral argument and stating concisely why oral argument is required, and the position of opposing counsel. No response is permitted. If the motion is granted, the Court will reschedule oral argument to a date to be determined by the Court taking into consideration the duration of the current health emergency affecting the Delaware Courts. 

  • March 18, 2020 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Notice Regarding Court Operations during COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

    Clerk’s Office Intake Counter

    Beginning March 18, 2020, and until further notice, there will be no in person public access to the Bankruptcy Court’s Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office will remain open to the public through telephone and email access and the drop boxes located in the lobby of the courthouse. CM/ECF will continue to be available for electronic filing.  The Clerk’s Office can be reached at (302) 252-2900.

    Self-Represented Individuals Filing for Bankruptcy

    Emergency bankruptcy petitions for individuals may be filed electronically by accessing the following link. https://www.deb.uscourts.gov/covid-19

    Cases emailed through this procedure will be opened but will be further administered at a date to be determined.  Section 341 meetings will not be scheduled at this time.  Filing fees for individual bankruptcy petitions will be deferred at this time. 

    Additional resources can be found on the Court’s website, including how to find case information, accessing electronic court records through PACER, filing without an attorney, and information about local and national bankruptcy forms.  

    Existing Individual cases with outstanding filing fees and/or uncured deficiencies

    Deadlines for paying outstanding fees and uncured deficiencies in individual bankruptcy cases are extended until further notice.

    Hearings

    See General Order – COVID 19: https://www.deb.uscourts.gov/covid-19

    Beginning March 18, all hearings at the bankruptcy court will be held telephonically through CourtCall.  Participants may contact CourtCall at 866-582-6878, email assist@courtcall.com or schedule online at www.courtcall.com.  For more information regarding telephonic hearings, please check the Court’s website. 

    Thank you for your cooperation. We are committed to continuing the work of the court in a manner that is consistent with public health guidelines for the health and safety of the public and our staff.

    EMERGENCY CLERK'S OFFICE PROCEDURES 

  • March 17, 2020 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ORDER

    This 16th day of March 2020, it appears to the Supreme Court of Delaware that:

    WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that a novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) presents a serious public health threat, and this threat is affecting Delaware;

    WHEREAS, the President of the United States of America, has declared a National State of Emergency due to the public health threat caused by COVID-19;

    WHEREAS, under his authority set forth in 20 Del. C. ch. 31, Governor John C. Carney declared a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware due to the public health threat caused by COVID-19;

    WHEREAS, under 10 Del. C. § 2004, the Chief Justice, in consultation with other members of the Supreme Court, declared a judicial emergency that went into effect on March 16, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and that will continue for 30 days, subject to further review; and

    WHEREAS, in the interest of protecting litigants, practitioners, court staff, and the public, the Supreme Court of Delaware has implemented, and will continue to implement, certain precautionary measures.

    NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED that the following precautionary measures will go into effect immediately and remain in place until further order of the Supreme Court of Delaware: 1. Supreme Court Rule 10(d), which requires the filing of paper copies of briefs and appendices with the Court, is suspended. 2. Lawyers shall not submit paper copies of any documents that have been electronically filed with the Court.

    FOR THE COURT: /s/ Collins J. Seitz, Jr. Chief Justice


    Read full Order here

  • March 16, 2020 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    View full ORDER here

    This 16th day of March 2020, it appears to the Supreme Court of Delaware that: WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that a novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) presents a serious public health threat, and this threat is affecting Delaware; WHEREAS, the President of the United States of America, has declared a National State of Emergency due to the public health threat caused by COVID-19; WHEREAS, under his authority set forth in 20 Del. C. ch. 31, Governor John C. Carney declared a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware due to the public health threat caused by COVID-19; WHEREAS, under 10 Del. C. § 2004, the Chief Justice, in consultation with other members of the Supreme Court, declared a judicial emergency that went into effect on March 16, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and that will continue for 30 days, subject to further review; and WHEREAS, in the interest of protecting litigants, practitioners, court staff, and the public, the Supreme Court of Delaware has implemented, and will continue to implement, certain precautionary measures. NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED that the following precautionary measures will go into effect immediately and remain in place until further order of the Supreme Court of Delaware: 1. Supreme Court Rule 10(d), which requires the filing of paper copies of briefs and appendices with the Court, is suspended. 2. Lawyers shall not submit paper copies of any documents that have been electronically filed with the Court.

    FOR THE COURT: /s/ Collins J. Seitz, Jr. Chief Justice

  • March 16, 2020 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dover, Del. - Ongoing concerns for the potential transfer of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and public safety continues as a priority for Kent County Levy Court. Because of this, starting today at 5:00 p.m., the Kent County Administrative Complex will be closed to the public until further notice. Business will continue through electronic means or by telephone.

    Additionally, the Levy Court Committee Meeting scheduled for March 17 at 7:00 p.m. is CANCELED. The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date. Notice will be posted on the County’s website, www.co.kent.de.us and on Facebook and Twitter @KCLevyCourt. As a reminder, Parks and Recreation and Kent County Public Library suspended all public services last Friday, March 13. Levy Court encourages the public to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) procedures for limiting potential transmission causes. Common procedures include: practicing good hygiene by washing hands with soap and water and then using hand sanitizer, avoiding large activities and gatherings, and staying home if you are feeling sick or have a sick family member in the home. 

    View full Notice here

  • March 16, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ORDER DECLARING A JUDICIAL EMERGENCY

    On the 13th day of March 2020:

    WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that a novel coronavirus disease (“COVID 19”) presents a serious public health threat, and this threat is affecting the State of Delaware; and

    WHEREAS, the President of the United States of America, has declared a National State of Emergency due to the public health threat caused by COVID 19;

    WHEREAS, under his authority set forth in 20 Del. C. ch. 31, Governor John C. Carney declared a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware due to the public health threat caused by COVID 19; and

    WHEREAS, the State of Emergency for Delaware took effect Friday, March 13, 2020 at 8 AM and was determined to be in the best interests of the State to protect its citizens from a potential public health emergency that could threaten the lives of those who live and work in the State and is designed to avoid transmission of the disease; and

    WHEREAS, the Governor’s State of Emergency declaration called for, among other things, the State to utilize electronic means of communication for official 2 public meetings and limit “non-essential mass gatherings” of 100 people or more; and

    WHEREAS, thousands of people, including jurors, parties, witnesses, lawyers, judges, and court staff, enter Delaware’s courthouses per day; and

    WHEREAS, under 10 Del. C. § 2004(a), the Chief Justice, in consultation with other members of the Supreme Court, has the authority to “declare a judicial emergency when the Chief Justice determines that there are emergency circumstances affecting 1 or more court facilities;” and

    WHEREAS, under 10 Del. C. § 2004(a), “emergency circumstances” includes but is not limited to “disease … or other natural or manmade causes [affecting] the ability to access the courthouses or the ability to staff courts;” and

    WHEREAS, under 10 Del. C. ch. 20, the Chief Justice has the authority in declaring a judicial emergency to permit court proceedings to take place in other venues, to permit the use of audiovisual devices for all civil and criminal proceedings (except trial by jury), to suspend, toll, extend, or otherwise grant relief from deadlines or other time schedules, and to take such other actions as are reasonably necessary to provide for the continued operation of the courts during a judicial emergency;

    NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. Under the authority of 10 Del. C. § 2004, a judicial emergency is declared, to become effective March 16, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and continuing for 30 days, subject to further review. 3 2. During the period of judicial emergency, all trial courts in the State shall have the discretion to continue trials and hearings in civil and criminal cases for a period of 30 days in order to limit the number of people gathering in public court buildings. 3. To the greatest extent possible, all trial courts in the State are authorized and encouraged to utilize audiovisual devices to conduct proceedings (except for jury trials). 4. During the period of judicial emergency, all time requirements under the Speedy Trial Guidelines are hereby tolled. 5. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise for a particular building, all judicial branch facilities will remain open until further notice.

    BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE: /s/ Collins J. Seitz, Jr. Chief Justice

    View full Order here

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