A new Delaware Supreme Court policy imposing an earlier filing deadline for most state court cases has highlighted a years-old divide among attorneys in a wider effort to address work-life balance in the legal profession.

The change, announced Monday in an order from Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr., moves the filing deadline in non-expedited cases from 11:59 p.m. to 5 p.m., in an attempt to “ease the burden of a late filing deadline on staff and attorneys.”

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