Subchapter I Inchoate Crimes 501 – 542
Subchapter II Offenses Against the Person 601 – 792
Subchapter III Offenses Involving Property 801 – 951
Subchapter IV Offenses Relating to Marriage 1001 – 1004
Subchapter V Offenses Relating to Children and Vulnerable Adults 1100 – 1127
Subchapter VI Offenses Against Public Administration 1201 – 1274
Subchapter VII Offenses Against Public Health, Order and Decency 1301 – 1474

Terms Used In Delaware Code > Title 11 > Chapter 5

  • Abuse: means causing any physical injury to a child through unjustified force as defined in § 468(1)(c) of this title, torture, negligent treatment, sexual abuse, exploitation, maltreatment, mistreatment or any means other than accident. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1100
  • Adjourn: A motion to adjourn a legislative chamber or a committee, if passed, ends that day's session.
  • adult person: means a person of the age of 18 years or older. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Advice and consent: Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate, and international treaties become effective only when the Senate approves them by a two-thirds vote.
  • Affected court facility: means any court facility for which the Chief Justice has made a determination that emergency sessions shall be conducted outside the county in which it normally operates. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1004
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Affiliate: means a person that directly, or indirectly through 1 or more intermediaries, controls, or is controlled by, or is under common control with, the person specified. See Delaware Code Title 5 Sec. 773
  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Amortization: Paying off a loan by regular installments.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arraignment: A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime is brought into court, told of the charges, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Attorney-at-law: A person who is legally qualified and licensed to practice law, and to represent and act for clients in legal proceedings.
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Bailiff: a court officer who enforces the rules of behavior in courtrooms.
  • Bank: means a state or a national bank. See Delaware Code Title 5 Sec. 781
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • banks: when used in this chapter, do not include such national banks, except as otherwise provided in subchapters VI and VII of this chapter. See Delaware Code Title 5 Sec. 701
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Building: means any structure, building, edifice or part thereof. See Delaware Code Title 9 Sec. 6301
  • Chief judge: The judge who has primary responsibility for the administration of a court but also decides cases; chief judges are determined by seniority.
  • Chief Justice: means the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court or, in the absence of the Chief Justice, the justice who is designated in accordance with article IV, § 13 of the Delaware Constitution or, if applicable, by § 1804 of this title to function as Chief Justice. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1004
  • Child: shall mean any individual less than 18 years of age. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1100
  • Child: means a person who has not reached the age of 18 years. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Circumstantial evidence: All evidence except eyewitness testimony.
  • Clerk: means the prothonotary of each county, and includes any deputy or clerk in the office of the prothonotary;

    (2) "Court" means the Superior Court of the State, and includes any Judge of the Court;

    (3) "Juror qualification form" means a form approved by the Court which shall elicit information relevant to the selection of jurors in accordance with this chapter; and

    (4) "Jury selection plan" means a written plan designed to carry out the policy and the provisions of this chapter;

    (5) "Master list" means a list or an electronic system for the storage of the names of prospective jurors selected randomly from the source list;

    (6) "Qualified jury wheel" means a device or an electronic system for the storage of the names of prospective jurors on a master list who are not disqualified from jury service. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1339

  • Codicil: An addition, change, or supplement to a will executed with the same formalities required for the will itself.
  • Commission: means "County Planning and Zoning Commission of Sussex County" created by this chapter. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 764
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Concurrent resolution: A legislative measure, designated "S. Con. Res." and numbered consecutively upon introduction, generally employed to address the sentiments of both chambers, to deal with issues or matters affecting both houses, such as a concurrent budget resolution, or to create a temporary joint committee. Concurrent resolutions are not submitted to the President/Governor and thus do not have the force of law.
  • Construction: means alteration, removal, demolition, addition, repair or construction of any new or old building. See Delaware Code Title 9 Sec. 6301
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Continuing bank: means a merging bank, the charter of which becomes the charter of the resulting bank. See Delaware Code Title 5 Sec. 781
  • Converting bank: means a bank converted from a state to a national bank, or the reverse. See Delaware Code Title 5 Sec. 781
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • County: means Sussex County. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 630
  • County Engineer: means "County Engineer of Sussex County. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 764
  • County government: means "the county governing body of Sussex County. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 764
  • Credit bureau: An agency that collects individual credit information and sells it for a fee to creditors so they can make a decision on granting loans. Typical clients include banks, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, and other financing companies. (Also commonly referred to as consumer-reporting agency or credit-reporting agency.) Source: OCC
  • Cross examine: Questioning of a witness by the attorney for the other side.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Delinquent child: means a child who commits an act which if committed by an adult would constitute a crime. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1100
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • District: means "corporate boundaries of Sussex County including municipalities which choose to be included in the planning and zoning district. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 764
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • dollars: means lawful money of the United States. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Dower: A widow
  • Emergency event: means an impending or existing attack, act of terrorism, disease, accident, or other natural or man-made disaster that does 1 or more of the following:

    a. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 939

  • Emergency sessions: means any court proceeding conducted by an affected court as authorized by this chapter and by order of the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1004
  • En banc: In the bench or "full bench." Refers to court sessions with the entire membership of a court participating rather than the usual quorum. U.S. courts of appeals usually sit in panels of three judges, but may expand to a larger number in certain cases. They are then said to be sitting en banc.
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Extradition: The formal process of delivering an accused or convicted person from authorities in one state to authorities in another state.
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act: A federal law, established in 1971 and revised in 1997, that gives consumers the right to see their credit records and correct any mistakes. Source: OCC
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Forgery: The fraudulent signing or alteration of another's name to an instrument such as a deed, mortgage, or check. The intent of the forgery is to deceive or defraud. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Freedom of Information Act: A federal law that mandates that all the records created and kept by federal agencies in the executive branch of government must be open for public inspection and copying. The only exceptions are those records that fall into one of nine exempted categories listed in the statute. Source: OCC
  • Garnishment: Generally, garnishment is a court proceeding in which a creditor asks a court to order a third party who owes money to the debtor or otherwise holds assets belonging to the debtor to turn over to the creditor any of the debtor
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Grantee: includes every person to whom a freehold estate or interest is conveyed. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Grantor: includes every person by whom a freehold estate or interest is conveyed. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Hearsay: Statements by a witness who did not see or hear the incident in question but heard about it from someone else. Hearsay is usually not admissible as evidence in court.
  • Host county: means the county in which the Chief Justice has ordered the affected court facility to conduct emergency sessions. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1004
  • Identifier: shall mean common identifying signs, symbols, tattoos, markings, graffiti, or attire or other distinguishing characteristics or indicia of gang membership. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 617
  • Indemnification: In general, a collateral contract or assurance under which one person agrees to secure another person against either anticipated financial losses or potential adverse legal consequences. Source: FDIC
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Inhabitant: means a resident in any place. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Juror: A person who is on the jury.
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Merger: includes consolidation. See Delaware Code Title 5 Sec. 781
  • Merging bank: means a party to a merger. See Delaware Code Title 5 Sec. 781
  • minor child: means a person who has not reached the age of 18 years. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Month: means a calendar month, unless otherwise expressed. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • National bank: means a national bank association located in this State. See Delaware Code Title 5 Sec. 781
  • National Bank: A bank that is subject to the supervision of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department. A national bank can be recognized because it must have "national" or "national association" in its name. Source: OCC
  • National Bank Examiner: An employee of the Comptroller of the Currency whose function is to examine national banks periodically to determine the financial position of a bank and the security of its deposits. The examiner also verifies that the bank maintains procedures consistent with federal banking laws and regulations. Source: OCC
  • No true bill: A legal procedure to dismiss charges against a defendant when the grand jury does not find enough evidence to charge the defendant with violating a law. Also called a "no bill."
  • Oath: includes affirmation in all cases where an affirmation may be substituted for an oath, and "sworn" includes affirmed; and the forms shall be varied accordingly. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Person: means any architect, builder, contractor, repairman, agent, partner or corporation as well as an individual. See Delaware Code Title 9 Sec. 6301
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Plan: means "comprehensive development plan of the district. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 764
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • President pro tempore: A constitutionally recognized officer of the Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the Vice President. The President Pro Tempore (or, "president for a time") is elected by the Senate and is, by custom, the Senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Prohibited sexual act: shall include :

    a. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1100

  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Register in Chancery Office: means the Register in Chancery of the Court of Chancery of the State, which shall be the Clerk's Office of that Court. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1209
  • Regular judge: means the individual holding an office under this chapter before the emergency event. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 939
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Resulting bank: means the bank resulting from a merger or conversion. See Delaware Code Title 5 Sec. 781
  • Revenue bonds: means bonds to the payment of which all or any part of the revenues derived from the operation of any water or sewerage system are pledged in accordance with this chapter. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 630
  • Road: includes any "road" "street" "highway" "freeway" "parkway" or other public thoroughfare. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 764
  • Serious physical injury: shall mean physical injury which creates a risk of death, or which causes disfigurement, impairment of health or loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ or limb, or which causes the unlawful termination of a pregnancy without the consent of the pregnant female. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1100
  • Service charges: means rents, rates, fees or other charges charged or collected under § 6709 of this title. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 630
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Sewerage system: means the plants, structures and other real and personal property acquired, constructed or operated or to be acquired, constructed or operated by the County for the collection, treatment, purification or disposal in a sanitary manner of any sewage, liquid or solid wastes, night soil or industrial wastes, garbage and storm water, including sewers, conduits, pipelines, mains, pumping and ventilating stations, sewage treatment or disposal system, plants and works, connections and outfalls, and other plants, structures, boats, conveyances, and other real and personal property, and rights therein, appurtenances necessary or useful and convenient for such purposes. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 630
  • Significant intellectual or developmental disabilities: means impairment in the intellectual or physical capacity of a child as evidenced by a discernible inability to function within the normal range of performance and behavior with regard to age, development, and environment. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1100
  • Source list: means a list or an electronic system for the storage of the names on the voter registration list which may be supplemented with names from other sources to foster the policy of this chapter;

    (8) "Voter registration list" means the current official record of persons registered to vote in a general election;

    Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1339

  • Special emergency judge: means an individual designated under this chapter to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of an office held by another individual who is unavailable until a successor is qualified and appointed as may be provided by the Delaware Constitution or other law of this State or until the other individual who is unavailable is able to resume the exercise of the powers and discharge the duties of the office. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 939
  • State bank: means a bank or trust company chartered under the laws of this State. See Delaware Code Title 5 Sec. 781
  • State Board: consists of 9 members who are citizens of this State and appointed as follows:

    (1) The Governor shall appoint, with Senate confirmation, 7 voting members. See Delaware Code Title 14 Sec. 104

  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Student: shall mean any person enrolled in a school grades preschool through 12. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 617
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Tavern: includes inn. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • True bill: Another word for indictment.
  • Trust company powers: means all of the powers, rights, privileges and franchises incident to a trust company established under subchapter IV of this chapter, except:

    a. See Delaware Code Title 5 Sec. 773

  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Unavailable: means either that a vacancy in an office under this chapter exists or that the regular judge is absent or unable to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 939
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • Visual depiction: includes , but is not limited to:

    a. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 1100

  • Water system: means all real and personal property necessary or useful in the collection, acquisition, treatment, purification, and distribution of water, together with any principal or ancillary rights appurtenant thereto. See Delaware Code Title 11 Sec. 630
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
  • Writ of certiorari: An order issued by the Supreme Court directing the lower court to transmit records for a case for which it will hear on appeal.