SENATE BILL NO. 169
AS AMENDED BY
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 10 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :
Section 1. Amend Title 10 of the Delaware Code by adding a new section 1314A to read as follows:
“§1314A. Bailiffs, criers and pages; compensation; duties.
(a) The Court of Common Pleas may appoint and remove at pleasure such number of bailiffs, criers, and pages as shall be necessary for the proper operation of the Court. They shall receive such compensation as shall from time to time be approved in the budget of the Court. They shall perform such duties and have such powers in connection with attendance upon the Court as the Court may from time to time prescribe and shall receive no other fees or compensation.
(b) From its staff of bailiffs, criers, and pages, the Court may appoint by court order peace officers, who shall have, during the stated terms of such appointment, unless sooner rescinded by the court order, countywide jurisdiction in the county of their employment, and who shall have such powers normally incident to peace officers, including, but not limited to, the power to make arrests in a criminal case, provided that the exercise of such powers shall be limited to any building or real property maintained or used as a courthouse or in support of judicial functions. The order appointing such peace officers shall be recorded in the office of the recorder of deeds in and for the county where they are employed in the same manner as gubernatorial commissions.”
Approved July 12, 2005