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In re Petition of Biggins

Supreme Court of Delaware

April 15, 2014

IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF JAMES ARTHUR BIGGINS FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI

Submitted February 20, 2014.

Case Closed April 29, 2014.

Editorial Note:

This decision has been designated as "Table of Decisions Without Published Opinions." in the Atlantic Reporter.

Before HOLLAND, BERGER and RIDGELY, Justices.

OPINION

Randy J. Holland, Justice.

ORDER

This 15th day of April 2014, upon consideration of the petition for a writ of certiorari filed by James Arthur Biggins and the answer and motion to dismiss filed by the State of Delaware, it appears to the Court that:

(1) The petitioner, James Arthur Biggins, is serving a thirty-year sentence imposed in 1997 for convictions for unlawful sexual intercourse and related offenses. Following an unsuccessful direct appeal in 1999,[1] Biggins has unsuccessfully challenged his convictions under Superior Court Criminal Rule 61 a total of seven times.[2] Biggins has also filed unsuccessful petitions purporting to invoke the Court's original jurisdiction over his criminal case.[3]

(2) In his pending petition for a writ of certiorari, Biggins purports to seek relief for an alleged error the Superior Court made when instructing the jury on lesser-included offenses at Biggins' jury trial. The petition manifestly fails to invoke the original jurisdiction of this Court and must be dismissed.

(3) A writ of certiorari is an extraordinary remedy that is used to correct irregularities in the proceedings of a trial court.[4] Certiorari is available to challenge only a final order of a trial court where the right of appeal is denied, a grave question of public policy and interest is involved, and no other basis for review is available.[5] " Where these threshold requirements are not met, this Court has no jurisdiction to consider the petitioner's claims." [6]

(4) In this case, Biggins has not demonstrated that his right of appeal was denied, a grave question of public policy is involved, or that no other basis for review is available. As such, he has not met the threshold requirements for the issuance of a writ of certiorari by this Court and, therefore, his petition for a writ of certiorari must be dismissed.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motion to dismiss is GRANTED, and the petition for a writ of certiorari is DISMISSED.


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