Delaware Justice of the Peace Court
As the place where justice starts, it is the mission of the Justice of the Peace Court to serve the people of Delaware by efficient and accessible administration of justice for all, and to treat all persons with integrity, fairness, and respect.
The Justice of the Peace Courts has jurisdiction over civil cases involving debt, trespass and replevin in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $15,000. The Justice of the Peace Court has jurisdiction over all landlord/tenant summary possession proceedings.
Justice of the Peace Courts are authorized to hear certain misdemeanors and most motor vehicle cases (excluding felonies) and may act as Committing magistrates for all crimes. The Justice of the Peace Court is Delaware's entry-level court through which pass the great majority of all criminal cases.