Delaware: Legislature gives first-round approval to constitutional amendment adding member to judicial disciplinary body

Delaware’s legislature last month gave its approval to a plan to expand the state’s judicial disciplinary board (Court of the Judiciary). Since its creation in 1969 the Court on the Judiciary has been made up of all five members of the Supreme Court plus the heads of four the state’s main trial courts (Chancellor for the Chancery Court, President Judge of the Superior Court, Chief Judge of the Family Court, and Chief Judge of the Court of Common Pleas). Under HB 112 as unanimously approved by the House and Senate the Chief Magistrate of the Justice of the Peace Court would be added to the Court of the Judiciary.

HB 112 must be re-introduced and re-approved by the 2016/2017 legislature before becoming part of the Delaware Constitution (there is no voter approval required).