Delaware Lawmakers Eye Family Court Access - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Delaware Lawmakers Eye Family Court Access

Posted: Updated:

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill outlining what proceedings in Delaware's family court system should be open to the public.
    
Delaware's constitution says all courts shall be open, but many Family Court proceedings are nevertheless closed to the public because of laws passed by the General Assembly.
    
Under the bill approved Tuesday and sent to the House, proceedings involving guardianships and children would be presumed private, although judges could open them for certain reasons.
    
Conversely, paternity and divorce hearings would be presumed public but could be closed by a judge for certain reasons, including preferences of the parties involved.
    
Wilmington Democrat Karen Peterson was the only senator to speak against the bill, saying it does little to increase transparency and instead creates several excuses to keep the public out.

 

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • ContestsMore>>

  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The 47 ABC "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
  • Free Tuition Contest

    Free Tuition Contest

Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.