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Chancery Court
500 N King St, #1551
Attn: Register in Chancery
Wilmington, DE 19801
Hours: 8:30AM-5PM EST
P: 302-255-0544
F: 302-255-2213
Jurisdiction: Civil, Probate, Guardianship
Restricted Records: No guardianship records released
Probate records in a separate index in separate office. Probate fax- 302-395-7801.
Superior Court
Office of the Prothonotary
500 N King St, #500
Wilmington, DE 19801
Hours: 8:30AM-5PM EST
P: 302-255-0800
F: 302-255-2264
No credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil Actions over $50,000
Restricted Records: No psychological evaluation, sealed records released
Access to e-filed records is available online by subscription through LexisNexis File and Serve system. See the lower portion of the page at
Court of Common Pleas
500 N King St
Wilmington, DE 19801-3704
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 302-255-0900
F: 302-255-2244
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $50,000, Traffic
Restricted Records: No closed records released
Justice of the Peace #10
210 Greenbank Rd
Wilmington, DE 19808
Hours: 8AM-4PM M,T,TH,F: 8AM-10PM W EST
P: 302-995-8640
F: 302-995-8642
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor Traffic
Court refers records request to State Agency-302-739-5961.
New Castle Justice of the Peace #11
2 Penns Way #100-A
New Castle, DE 19720
Hours: Open 24 hours EST
P: 302-323-4450
F: 302-323-4452
Credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, DUI
In December 2009, Court #11 consolidated with the closed Court #15 from Claymont. Claymont case files are located here.
Prices Corner Justice of the Peace #12 - Prices Corner, Greenbank Rd
F: n/a
Jurisdiction: Civil Actions under $15,000, Eviction, Small Claims
This court and records is now located at Justice of the Peace Court #13.
Wilmington Justice of the Peace #15 (CLOSED)
Claymont, DE 19703
F: n/a
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor
This court closed in December 2009 and case files were moved to the new Consolidated Court #11 location in New Castle.
Wilmington Justice of the Peace #13
1010 Concord Ave
Concord Professional Ctr
Wilmington, DE 19802
Hours: 8AM-4PM EST
P: 302-577-2550
F: 302-577-2526
Jurisdiction: Civil Actions under $15,000, Eviction, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No sealed, juvenile, adoption or mental health records released
Justice of the Peace Court #12 is now located here.
Wilmington Justice of the Peace #20
Public Safety Bldg
300 N Walnut St
Wilmington, DE 19801
Hours: 24 hours EST
P: 302-577-7234
F: 302-577-7237
Major credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor
This court now also maintains the case records from the former JP Court #18. Records department phone is 302-255-0000. Search requests may also be directed to Dover - 800-464-4557 for information.
Middletown Justice of the Peace #9
757 N Broad St
Middletown, DE 19709
Hours: 8AM-4PM M,T,TH,F, N-8PM W EST
P: 302-378-5221
F: 302-378-5220
Major credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Civil Actions under $15,000, Misdemeanor, Eviction, Small Claims
Due to a court fire, criminal cases 7/24/2000 to 5/1/2001 were held at New Castle JP Court 11, 323-4450. Civil cases were held at Prices Corner JP Court 12, 995-8646. Now, all new cases are back here at Middletown.

New Castle County, DE Vital Records

Contact the New Castle County Office of the County Recorder of Deeds if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

New Castle County
County Recorder of Deeds
800 N French St, 4th Fl
Louis L Redding City/County Bldg
Wilmington, DE 19801
9AM-4:45PM EST
Phone: 302-395-7700
Fax: 302-395-7732
Recorded Documents, Marriage

Official New Castle County Vital Certificates

New Castle County Vital Certificates

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New Castle County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 426.27 sq mi
Population (2009): 534,634
  • Females: 51.4%
  • White: 70.9%
  • Black/African American: 23.3%
  • Asian: 4.0%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 8.0%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 63.8%
Population Change (2000-2009): 34,362
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 6.6%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 10.7%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 9.6%
High School Graduates (2000): 85.5%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 29.5%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.56
Housing Units (2000): 199,521
Homeownership Rate (2000): 70.1%
Migration Flow to New Castle County, DE from (2007-2008):

New Castle County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $21,710,561
  • Construction: $1,294,227
  • Retail Trade: $1,108,986
  • Professional and Technical Services: $2,909,665
  • Healthcare: $2,171,833
  • Banking: $3,821,436
  • Retail Trade: $1,108,986
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $454,531
  • Manufacturing: $0
  • Farms: $10,600
  • Government: $2,351,512
Employed (2000): 249,320
Unemployed (2000): 13,571
Unemployment Rate (2009): 8.1%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $45,755
Local Government Employment (2007): 14,656
Local Government Revenue (2007): $1,185,678 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $1,083,360 (thou. dol.)

New Castle County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 7,390
  • Per 1,000 population: 14.0
Deaths (2007): 4,135
  • Per 1,000 population: 7.8
Infant Deaths (2007): 60
  • Per 1,000 population: 8.1

New Castle County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 4,057
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 43
  • Forcible rape: 174
  • Robbery: 1,433
  • Aggravated Assault: 2,407
Property Crimes (2008): 19,772
  • Burglary: 3,891
  • Larceny-Theft: 14,015
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 1,866

New Castle County Genealogy Records

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