Court of Common Pleas
The Court of Common Pleas (CCP) has jurisdiction over criminal and civil matters in Delaware.
The Court handles jury trials for most misdemeanor cases, traffic offenses, and civil cases where the amount in controversy is less that $50,000. It also acts as an appellate court for Justice of the Peace Courts and Aldermans' Courts.
Petitions for name changes, and to declare people who have multiple motor vehicle offenses declared habitual offenders are also heard in the Court.
Preliminary hearings on felony charges are also heard in the Court of Common Pleas, which act as a review of the charges, and enable a defendant to hear the charges and some details of a case brought against him or her.
The Court's web site has a nice overview of the Court's history, which provides a detailed look at the role it plays in the State's justice system.
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