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Courthouses to stay closed to public through mid-June

Delaware Public Media

The chief justice of Delaware’s Supreme Court has extended the state’s Judicial Emergency for another 30 days in response to what he sees as a continued public health emergency. 

Court facilities will continue to be closed to the public through June 13 unless the order is modified. 

Gov. John Carney has said his goal is to begin Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan June 1. 

Chief Justice Collins Seitz Jr. noted in a statement that with the exception of trials, all state courts continue to conduct “as much court business as possible” through video and audio platforms. 

He said the goal is to work down each court’s non-trial casework so they are prepared to increase operations when experts say it is safe to do so.

A Court Reopening Committee is drafting a plan for a gradual increase of activities at all judicial facilities. The group hopes to produce a final recommendation this month with a possible first phase of reopening in June. 


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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