Delaware courts make additional changes in response to COVID-19 outbreak
Delaware’s courts are taking further action to also to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Superior Court is suspending all civil and criminal jury trials through April 15th.
Those who have been summoned for jury duty are excused and do not need to report.
Grand Jury and other proceedings involving smaller groups will continue.
The move comes after the state’s Chief Justice, Collins Seitz, declared a judicial emergency Friday – offering all trial courts in the state flexibility to issue 30-day continuances for trials and hearings in civil and criminal cases to help limit the number of people gathering in public court buildings.
The judicial emergency order also pauses time requirements under the Speedy Trial Guidelines and urges all courts to use of audiovisual devices to conduct proceedings, except for jury trials.