WILMINGTON — An open government group has filed suit in federal court alleging the Delaware Court of Chancery is operating a "secret" court in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The Delaware Coalition for Open Government alleges in the case filed Tuesday that a state law passed in 2009 — which allows Chancery Court judges to arbitrate business disputes in a confidential forum — amounts to a secret judicial proceeding in violation of the Constitution's First and 14th amendments. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware names as defendants the state, the Court of Chancery and individual judges.
eds. — The Delaware Coalition for Open Government is a member of NFOIC. Ken Bunting, executive director of NFOIC, will speak at Freedom of Information in a Digital Age: The Current FOI Landscape on November 14 at the Goodstay Conference Center in Wilmington, Delaware. More information is available here.