Delaware - - What are the laws governing criminal justice data collection and sharing in your state?


Delaware court records are publicly accessible. Corrections records are not. Criminal history records may be obtained, with limitations, for research purposes, subject to agency approval.

Relevant criminal justice data laws

Delaware’s Freedom of Information (DFOIA) (Act, 29 Del. C. §§ 10001, et seq.), creates a general right of access to public records of “a public body.” The definition of public body is an agency or court created by the General Assembly. Because most of the states’ courts are constitutionally derived, the Judicial Branch is predominately considered beyond the scope of DFOIA.

Access to criminal history information is governed by statutes and policy related to the state criminal justice information system. Access to court records is governed by the Court Rules on Criminal Procedure. Access to corrections records is governed by statute and policy relevant to the Department of Corrections.

Centralized criminal history information is confidential. Dissemination for research purposes is within agency discretion.
Criminal court records are public record. Bulk dissemination is neither prescribed or prohibited.
Corrections records are confidential and not subject to public or research purpose disclosure.
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