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The Delaware State Courts website, which is overseen by the Delaware Judiciary, provides information on Delaware courts, jury information, forms and rules, non-judicial agencies and general information, such as court rules, education and community outreach and career opportunities.
Court Records At This Office:
The Delaware State Courts website features a section called “Policy on Public Access to Judicial Records,” which details the steps necessary to obtain court records for the Supreme Court, the Court of Chancery, the Superior Court, the Family Court, the Court of Common Pleas and the Justice of the Peace. Access to these Delaware court records varies from court to court.
Access To Delaware Court Records:
Delaware vital records are limited-access records at the Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics, that can be requested by family and only in person, by mail, phone, or online through VitalChek. After 72 years (births) and 40 years (marriages and deaths), they become Delaware public records housed on microfilm at the Delaware Public Archives. Statewide recording was instituted in 1913; prior to 1913 the records were collected by the county recorder of deeds. The office of the county prothonotary has custody of divorce records until 1975. Court records, whose responsibility lies with the Delaware Administrative Office of the Courts, are also considered Delaware public records.