CHAPTER 98

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 9615, TITLE 9, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO THE DELIVERY OF RECORDS TO PUBLIC ARCHIVES COMMISSION.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Section 9615, Title 9, Delaware Code, is amended by adding a new subsection to be known as subsection (d) as follows:

(d) The Recorder of Deeds in and for Sussex County, upon the advice and approval of the Resident Associate Judge of the Superior Court, in and for Sussex County, may photocopy or microfilm any volume of land records in his official custody, the age and condition of which render its continued use by the public inadvisable. Such photostat copy or microfilm shall be indexed and stored as provided for in section 9605 (d). The Recorder of Deeds shall certify that the contents of such copies are complete and correct. When so copied and certified, the Recorder of Deeds may issue certified copies of any instrument contained in the photostat or microfilm copy of the original volume, and any such certified copy shall be admissible in evidence in any court of justice in the same manner and entitled to the same weight and have the same effect as certified copies made from the original volume. Any original volumes of land records so copied and certified by the Recorder of Deeds may be delivered to the Public Archives Commission with the consent of the State Archivist for the preservation in the public archives of the State of Delaware. The Recorder of Deeds shall certify to the State Archivist that the copying of the original volume or volumes was done under his authorization and supervision, and he shall take a receipt for the same and the receipt shall be preserved in the office of the Recorder of Deeds, in and for Sussex County.