The roots of Family Court in Delaware go back to 1911, when a special Juvenile Court was created within the City of Wilmington.
Twenty-two years later, Kent and Sussex Counties also opened Juvenile courts. The Juvenile courts operated under poor conditions, and a serious lack of funding, but remedied a previous system where juveniles were often treated like adults within the justice system, including spending time in jails with adults for long periods before their cases could be heard.
In 1945 The Delaware legislature built upon the Juvenile Court, by transforming it into a Family Court for New Castle County.
Family Court has jurisdiction over most things dealing with the family relationship.
One of the ways that Family Court is different from the other courts in Delaware is that most of the proceedings in Family Court are NOT open to the public. They are not public record.
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