TITLE 10

Courts and Judicial Procedure

Justices of the Peace

CHAPTER 95. PROCEDURE

Subchapter III. Trespass Actions


(a) In trespass actions under § 9301 of this title, before the summons is issued, the plaintiff shall file a written statement under hand describing the injury of which the plaintiff complains. Service of a summons in an action under this subchapter shall be the same as with service of a summons in an action under subchapter II of this chapter.

(b) When the statement of injury alleges the operation of a vehicle by a servant, agent or employee of defendant, it shall not be necessary for the plaintiff at the trial to prove that the person operating the vehicle was a servant, agent or employee of the defendant or that the servant, agent or employee of the defendant was at the time of the occurrence for which the action is brought operating the vehicle in and about the course of his or her duties as a servant, agent or employee of defendant. These facts shall be taken to be admitted as alleged in the statement of injury unless the defendant, or when there is more than 1 defendant, some one of the defendants, shall have filed, at the latest upon the second day before the time fixed for trial, an affidavit denying that the operator of the vehicle was operating it as a servant, agent or employee of defendant, or that the operator of the vehicle was operating it in and about the course of his or her duties as a servant, agent or employee of defendant.

(c) Counterclaims, cross-claims and third-party actions shall be permitted in all civil actions in accordance with the Civil Rules of the Justice of the Peace Courts.

Code 1852, § 2196; Code 1915, § 4064; Code 1935, §§ 4545, 4545A; 44 Del. Laws, c. 174; 10 Del. C. 1953, § 9611; 58 Del. Laws, c. 211; 65 Del. Laws, c. 31, § 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.;

The summons under this subchapter shall be in the form provided by the Justice of the Peace Court for summons in civil cases.

Code 1852, § 2197; Code 1915, § 4064; Code 1935, § 4545; 10 Del. C. 1953, § 9612; 55 Del. Laws, c. 20, § 23; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 77 Del. Laws, c. 55, § 1.;

Repealed by 77 Del. Laws, c. 55, § 2, effective June 26, 2009.;

In all cases of trespass, there shall be the same right of appeal to the Court of Common Pleas as in other civil actions.

Code 1915, § 4004A; 29 Del. Laws, c. 255; Code 1935, § 4543; 41 Del. Laws, c. 209; 10 Del. C. 1953, § 9615; 69 Del. Laws, c. 423, § 12; 77 Del. Laws, c. 55, § 3.;

Repealed by 77 Del. Laws, c. 55, § 4, effective June 26, 2009.;