Delaware Law Office
of Larry D. Sullivan, Esquire


Justices of the Peace

Justice of the Peace Courts handle both civil and criminal cases

They have jurisdiction over civil cases as long as the amount in controversy is $15,000 or less. Therefore the amount of damages that a person may seek in the Justice of the Peace Courts must be $15,000 or less.

The Justices of the Peace also have jurisdiction over most motor vehicle violation cases and certain misdemeanors.

Some criminal cases that they handle are:

  • Traffic cases,
  • Truancy cases,
  • Local ordinance violations, and
  • Designated misdemeanor cases.

Some civil cases are:

  • Debts Actions,
  • Property Damages,
  • Return of Personal Property, and
  • Landlord Tenant Actions.

Justice of the Peace Courts also set initial bail for cases that have to do with more serious offenses.

The Justice of the Peace Courts have divided their work-load so that some courts only handle criminal cases and some only handle civil cases. It is important to know which courts handle which matters.

Chief Magistrate, Patricia W. Griffin, is the administrative leader of the Justices of the Peace Courts.

NOTICE: The information on this site regarding Courts and Judges is for public information purposes only. It is by no means intended to infer or imply that my private law office or this web site is in any way related to, endorsed, approved of, acknowledged, or even known by the judges and courts portrayed herein.

Photographs of the Judiciary portrayed on this site were copied from the official Court web sites without the knowledge or consent of the Court or the Judiciary.

Chief Magistrate