The Delaware Court of Chancery issued a March 6, 2020 standing order, Standing Order Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures, order (Del. Ch. Mar. 6, 2020), implementing procedural precautions, particularly the use of telephonic rather than live hearings, to help prevent coronavirus transmission. On March 11, the Delaware Division of Public Health announced the first case of coronavirus infection in the State, and on March 13, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an Order Declaring a Judicial Emergency, order (Del. Mar. 13, 2020) encouraging telephonic proceedings. The Supreme Court subsequently ordered closure of the State Courthouses to the public effective March 23, and ordered an extension of the closure to June 13, 2020. In re COVID-19 Precautionary Measures, order (Del. May 14, 2020). The Courts have established a designated webpage — The Delaware Judiciary Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) — to publish the latest developments.
NEW: Fox Rothschild notes the Tenth Anniversary, in May 2020, of the creation of the Delaware Superior Court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division, and discusses procedural and strategic considerations for litigating business disputes in the CCLD in – Adjudicating Business Disputes in Delaware’s Complex Commercial Division.
Skadden reports that Delaware Supreme Court and Court of Chancery are operational and pending corporate litigation has continued with minimal interruption, and discusses the courts’ current status and procedures in Checking In With Delaware Courts Amid the COVID-19 Crisis.
The News Journal discusses the Delaware Supreme Court’s extension of its prior order closing the state’s courthouses to the public in Delaware courts will continue to operate virtually for now.
Law360 discusses the Delaware Court of Chancery’s changes in procedure to continue to handle corporate disputes during the coronavirus pandemic in Del. Chancery Is Uniquely Suited For Coronavirus Response.
Seyfarth Shaw discusses the responses of various Courts, including the Delware Court of Chancery, in COVID-19: Business Courts’ Response to the Crisis.
Francis Pileggi discusses closure of Delaware courthouses and postponements of hearings and other deadlines in More Closures in Delaware Due to Pandemic.
Law360 discusses court closures and the Court of Chancery’s rescheduling of proceedings and adoption of teleconferencing technology in Delaware Largely Closes All Courts For ‘Stay-At-Home’ Order.
The News Journal discusses the recent cancellations and changes in How coronavirus is impacting Delaware: Monday cancellations, schedule changes.
Law.com discusses updates with the Delaware Superior Court in Del. Superior Court Suspends Jury Trials, Chancery Court Postpones In-Person Hearings.
Fox Rothschild discusses the latest updates in Chancery Court in Chancery Hearings and Trials to be Held Telephonically for 30 Days.
Francis Pileggi discusses responses to the first confirmed case in Delaware Supreme Court Declares Judicial Emergency Due to Coronavirus.
Delaware Business Now discusses emergency status and updates to standing orders in Updated: Jury trials delayed in Delaware Superior Court as emergency order is broadened.
Fox Rothschild discusses the Courts’ actions in The Delaware Judiciary’s Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The News Journal discusses current coronavirus-related Orders and the status of the Courts in Coronavirus and Delaware courts: What jurors, others need to know.
Francis Pileggi discusses current standing orders and other coronavirus-related concerns in Delaware Courts’ Response to the Coronavirus.
Morris James comments on the precautionary concerns in Delaware Courts Issue Standing Orders Addressing Coronavirus Concerns.
Bloomberg Law comments on this matter of public health in the freely-accessible Delaware’s Chancery Increasing Dial-In Court Due to Coronavirus.
$$$ Law360 advises the public of the situation from behind a paywall in Chancery Eyes Remote Hearings To Stem Coronavirus Risk.