About Delaware Courts
The Delaware Court System is made up of the Supreme Court, the Court of Chancery, the Superior Court, the Family Court,
the Court of Common Pleas and the Justice of the Peace Court.
Delaware Justice of the Peace Court is the entry level into the court system for most citizens. It has jurisdiction
over civil cases less than $15,000. In criminal cases, the Court hears some misdemeanors and most motor vehicle cases
All appeals go to the Court of Common Pleas, with the exception of juvenile delinquency, which may be appealed to Family Court
Delaware Court of Common Pleas has jurisdiction in civil cases where the amount in dispute does not exceed $50,000. In criminal cases,
the Court handles all misdemeanors in the State except certain drug and traffic offenses.
Delaware Family Court has jurisdiction over most family and juvenile cases.
Delaware Superior Court has jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases. The Court has exclusive jurisdiction over
felonies and most drug offenses. In civil matters, the Court's has authority to award any amount in damages.
Delaware Court of Chancery has jurisdiction over all matters relating to equity. The litigation deals largely with
corporate issues, trusts, estates, real estate as well as contractual matters.
Supreme Court is the Delaware's appellate court. It receives appeals from the Court of Chancery, the Superior Court, and the Family Court.