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The Family Court of the State of Delaware recently announced
that it will make opinions available on the Delaware Judiciary
website. The September 15th announcement of this significant policy change
As of today, written decisions from the Family Court of the
State of Delaware will be available on the Delaware Judiciary's
website. The first opinion was published today and can be found on
the opinions page at http://courts.delaware.gov/opinions/. The
publishing of decisions on the Delaware Judiciary's website
will bring greater awareness and understanding of the Family Court
and family law to the public and the litigants that come before the
court. Not every Family Court opinion will be published online, but
the discretion will be left to the judge or commissioner to
determine if the decision involves a novel point of law or is of
interest or importance to the public.
For Family Court decisions, the names of the parties and other
confidential information will be redacted and initials or
pseudonyms will be used following the practice established by the
Delaware Supreme Court when publishing Supreme Court opinions
related to Family Court. The names of the parties and other
confidential information are redacted to protect the privacy of the
parties as required by Delaware law.
"We believe this process appropriately balances
the need for transparency with the need to maintain the privacy of
parties in Family Court, as mandated by state law," said
Family Court Chief Judge Michael K. Newell.
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