About the Alderman
The Alderman's Court is designated as Court No. 40 and falls under the jurisdiction of the State of Delaware Chief Justice.
The Alderman is nominated by the governor and confirmed by state senate to decide all violations of city ordinances occurring within the city. The Alderman serves in the capacity of Chief Alderman in the state.
Cases Heard by the Alderman
In 2011, a total of 17,956 cases were heard by the Alderman and $1,878,444 in costs and fines were collected. Cases heard by the Alderman covered topics such as:
- Building Code
- Animal Code
- Disorderly Conduct Violations
About the Clerk of the Court
- Paying Parking Violations - Make a payment by using the graphic buttons or mailing your payment to the address on the right.
- Entering a Not Guilty Plea - Enter a "not guilty" plea to the charges against you in the Alderman’s Court without having to appear for arraignment (the first appearance in the court) by printing the Prior Plea Agreement, filling it out, and returning it to the Alderman's Court 10 days prior to your arraignment date.
- Requesting Certified Dispositions - Request a certified disposition of your case by printing the Application for Access form, complete it, and return it to the Alderman's Court for a copy of the transcript of case.
- Helpful Hints for University of Delaware Students - We provide a guide for University of Delaware students who violate local laws.
The Clerk of the Court is responsible for the daily operation of the Court, and reports to the Alderman on judicial matters and to the City Manager on administrative practices. Office functions include:
- Maintenance of Court Records
- Scheduling of Cases
- Collection and Disbursement of Fines and Other Funds
- Reporting to Numerous State Agencies