Delaware Legislative Year in Review: certifying questions to state supreme court; use of retired court commissioners

Delaware’s legislature approved a constitutional amendment in 2012, SB 221, that would add the United States Bankruptcy Courts to the list of entities that may certify questions of law to the Delaware Supreme Court. The amendment must be re-approved by the 2013/2014 legislature before becoming part of the state’s constitution.

New laws affecting the courts enacted by the Delaware legislature in 2012 include the following:

SB 232 Permits the Family Court and the Court of Common Pleas to temporarily assign retired Commissioners duties at the designation of each Court’s Chief Judge with the consent of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.