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State of Delaware

Methods of Judicial Selection: Delaware

Selection of Judges

Number of Judgeships
Supreme Court: 5
Superior Court: 20
Court of Chancery: 1 Chancellor; 4 vice-chancellors
Number of Districts/Circuits
Supreme Court: --
Superior Court: --
Court of Chancery: --
Geographic Basis for Selection
Supreme Court: statewide
Superior Court: statewide
Court of Chancery: statewide
Method of Selection (full term)
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from judicial nominating commission with senate consent*
Superior Court: gubernatorial appointment from judicial nominating commission with senate consent*
Court of Chancery: gubernatorial appointment from judicial nominating commission with senate consent*
Length of Term
Supreme Court: 12 yrs
Superior Court: 12 yrs
Court of Chancery: 12 yrs
Method of Retention
Supreme Court: gubernatorial reappointment from judicial nominating commission with senate consent*
Superior Court: gubernatorial reappointment form judicial nominating commission with senate consent*
Court of Chancery: gubernatorial reappointment from judicial nominating commission with senate consent*
Length of Subsequent Terms
Supreme Court: 12 yrs
Superior Court: 12 yrs
Court of Chancery: 12 yrs
Method of Filling Interim Vacancies
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from judicial nominating commission with senate consent*
Superior Court: gubernatorial appointment from judicial nominating commission with senate consent*
Court of Chancery: gubernatorial appointment from judicial nominating commission with senate consent*
When Interim Judges Stand for Election/Appointment
Supreme Court: 12 yrs
Superior Court: 12 yrs
Court of Chancery: 12 yrs
Selection of Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from judicial nominating commission with senate consent*
Superior Court: gubernatorial appointment from judicial nominating commission with senate consent*
Court of Chancery: gubernatorial appointment from judicial nominating commission with senate consent*
Term of Office for Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: 12 yrs
Superior Court: 12 yrs
Court of Chancery: 12 yrs
Qualifications
Supreme Court: state resident; "learned in the law"; state bar member
Superior Court: state resident; law degree; "learned in the law"; state bar member
Court of Chancery: state resident; law degree; "learned in the law"; state bar member

Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Article IV of the Delaware Constitution and Executive Order No. 4.

*The Delaware Constitution stipulates that no more than a bare majority of judges of each court may be members of the same political party.