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Law Number

16 Del. C. 6830

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Intervening During Criminal Activity


An individual who, in good faith and without compensation, protects another person against certain, serious criminal acts or a person while at the scene of an attempted crime will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Full Title

Person intervening to protect other persons from certain criminal acts exempt from liability

Full Text

Any person who, in good faith, intervenes without compensation to protect other persons against any criminal act involving death, serious physical injury, robbery, burglary, kidnapping or sexual intercourse compelled by force or threat at the scene of said attempted criminal act, shall not be liable for any civil damages resulting from the rendering of such assistance, except acts or omissions amounting to gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.