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JP Court 9 is operating normally again after cutting back because of staffing shortages

Delaware Courts

Justice of the Peace Court 9 in Middletown is back to normal operations.

The court resumed its regular full schedule Monday after limiting operations to twice a week back in November because of statewide staffing shortages.

Since November, the court only operated on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

During those limited operations, JP Court 7 in Dover took on JP Court 9’s criminal caseload. And JP Court 13 in New Castle handled any urgent civil matters that came to JP Court 9.

JP Court 9 is one of four JP Courts in New Castle County.

The Justice of the Peace Court handles civil and minor criminal cases including landlord/tenant matters, traffic cases, and other violations, and it’s the state’s busiest court.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.