Markell Announces Nominations for Chief Magistrate, Family Court Commissioner


DOVER – Gov. Jack Markell announced Friday that he plans to nominate Alan Davis for a second term as Chief Magistrate of the Justice of the Peace Court, and Janell Ostroski, as a New Castle County Family Court Commissioner.

Davis was first nominated as Chief Magistrate in 2005. During his first term on the Court, Chief Magistrate Davis focused on strengthening court security and seeking additional methods of providing expeditious service to the Court’s many customers through technology and innovative projects. He also streamlined court processes by consolidating locations and proposing various legislative modifications. Judge Davis, a graduate of Laurel High School, the University of Virginia and Widener University Law School, lives in Milton with his wife and two children.

Jannell Ostroski has practiced law during the past 16 years, with the majority of this time spent in the Family Court system. Known to many as a dedicated and hard worker, Ostroski has represented the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program, indigent parents, and mentally ill patients in court proceedings. She also serves as a Due Process Officer for the Department of Education in hearings relating to educational services for special needs students. Ostroski graduated from St. Mark’s High School, the University of Delaware, and Widener University Law School. She lives with her family in Newark.

“I want to thank Alan and Janell for their willingness to use their talents to serve Delawareans,” Governor Markell said. “If confirmed, their wise legal judgment and leadership will continue to enhance the reputation of Delaware’s judiciary system.”