March 6, 2014
JOHN C. JOHNSON, Defendant Below, Appellant,
STATE OF DELAWARE, Plaintiff Below, Appellee
Submitted February 27, 2014.
Case Closed March 24, 2014.
This decision has been designated as "Table of Decisions Without Published Opinions." in the Atlantic Reporter.
Court below-Superior Court of the State of Delaware in and for New Castle County. Cr. ID No. 9908026980.
Before HOLLAND, JACOBS and RIDGELY, Justices.
Randy J. Holland Justice
This 6th day of March 2014, it appears to the Court that:
(1) On February 19, 2014, the Court received John C. Johnson's notice of appeal from a Superior Court opinion issued on January 17, 2014 denying Johnson's motion for postconviction relief. Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 6(a)(iii), the appeal should have been filed on or before February 17, 2014.
(2) On February 19, 2014, the Clerk issued a notice pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 29(b), directing Johnson to show cause why the appeal should not be dismissed as untimely filed. In his response to the notice, Johnson asserts that the delay in filing the notice of appeal was due to " state of emergency (snow), Institution shutdown, and recurring mail room problems," and he asks to be excused from the delay.
(3) Under Delaware law, " [t]ime is a jurisdictional requirement."  A notice of appeal must be received by the Office of the Clerk within the time period to be effective. An untimely appeal cannot be considered unless an appellant can demonstrate that the failure to timely file the notice of appeal is attributable to court-related personnel.
(4) In this case, Johnson does not contend, and the record does not reflect, that his failure to file a timely notice of appeal is attributable to court personnel. Consequently, this case does not fall within the exception to the general rule that mandates the timely filing of a notice of appeal.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Supreme Court Rules 6 and 29(b), that the appeal is DISMISSED.