DE HB232 | 2019-2020 | 150th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)
Status: Passed on August 25 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-08-25 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #1) [HTML]


This Act would both raise the jurisdictional limit of the Justice of the Peace Court to $25,000 and allow Justice of the Peace to consider claims in excess of the jurisdictional limit where the underlying matter involves a commercial tenancy and possession of the rental unit is at issue. Currently, if a party is owed rent in excess of the jurisdictional limit they must either submit to the jurisdictional limit of the Court and forego the portion of the claim which exceeds the jurisdictional limit or bifurcate the case, filing both for possession in the Justice of the Peace Court and a debt action in a court of competent jurisdiction. While this Act would increase efficiency in terms of allowing one court to consider all aspects of the case it would in no way preclude a party from bifurcating the action if they chose to do so.

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An Act To Amend Title 10 And Title 25 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Jurisdiction Of The Justice Of The Peace Court And Summary Possession.


Roll Calls

2020-06-23 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 21 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2019-06-20 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 41 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-08-25 Signed by Governor
2020-06-23 Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
2020-06-23 Suspension of Rules in Senate
2019-06-21 Assigned to Judicial Committee in Senate
2019-06-20 Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
2019-06-19 Reported Out of Committee (Judiciary) in House with 1 Favorable, 7 On Its Merits
2019-06-17 Introduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House

Delaware State Sources

Bill Comments