Breaking News: Supreme Court rules county sheriff has no arrest powers


On Monday, Oct. 7, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Superior Court's ruling that Delaware sheriffs do not have full constitutional authority to exercise all powers necessary to conserve the peace, including the power of arrest.

"The judgment of the Superior Court is affirmed," stated the Superior Court decision filed earlier today.

"The Supreme Court’s decision affirms the constitutionality of HB 325, which the General Assembly passed to more clearly define the powers of County Sherriff," said the Delaware Attorney General's Office, following the ruling. " The Court’s ruling is consistent with longstanding state law and multiple Opinions issued by the Delaware Department of Justice, and reflects the position that this office has taken throughout this case."

More information on the ruling will be printed in the Oct. 11 edition of the Coastal Point.