Delaware

Effective Date: July 11, 2001
State:
Delaware
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Administrator
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Oral Arguments:
(answering brief to filing)                        
100% within 45 days  

Issuing of Decision:
(submission to issuance)
100% within 90 days
  Delaware Administrative Directive Number 130
Standard for Timely Disposition of Appellate Cases Appellate Administrative Order

Effective Date: June 1, 1991
State:
Delaware
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: Superior Court Civil Administrator
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Regular:
(filing to disposition)                        
90% within 365 days                        
98% within 550 days                        
100% within 730 days
  Superior Court of the State of Delaware Civil Administrative Order on Policy, Time Standards and Procedures Relating to Civil Case Disposition

Effective Date: May 16, 1990; amended July 11, 2001
State:
Delaware
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Criminal Administrator
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Capital:
(indictment to trial and/or adjudication)                        
100% within 1 year  

Superior Court:
(indictment/information to adjudication)                        
90% within 120 days                        
98% within 180 days                        
100% within 1 year  

Court of Common Pleas:
(filing to adjudication)                        
100% within 90 days
  Superior Court of the State of Delaware Criminal Administrative Order on Policy, Time Standards and Procedures Relating to Civil Case Disposition

Effective Date: July 1, 2003 
State:
Delaware
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Juvenile
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court Criminal Administrator
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Criminal or Delinquency:
(filing to adjudication)                         
90% within 45 days                        
100% within 90 days
 

Monitoring Information: Delaware documents court performance relevant to time standards by producing both computed and manually generated reports with information compiled at local and statewide levels.

Reports/summaries with standards are received by the presiding/chief trial and appellate judges, the local court administrator, the state court administrator, the AOC staff, the chief justice, and the Supreme Court members.

Reports/summaries with time standards are reviewed monthly and are made available to the public through open records requests.
Notes: In 2000 the Speedy Trial Committee observed that the courts are not responsible for moving cases through the justice system between the time of arrest and indictment. The change of the beginning time point in felony and capital cases from arrest to indictment reflects this observation.

In order for a judge to depart from the time guidelines for a capital case, he/she must provide written explanation to the Superior Court within 10 days of any order that would preclude compliance with the 1 year standard.