The Servlet specification recommends that the Web Classloader look in the local class loader before delegating to its parent. To make the Web Classloader follow the delegation model in the Servlet specification, set delegate="false" in the class-loader element of the sun-web.xml file. It’s safe to do this only for a web module that does not interact with any other modules.
The default value is delegate="true", which causes the Web Classloader to delegate in the same manner as the other classloaders. Use delegate="true" for a web application that accesses EJB components or that acts as a web service client or endpoint. For details about sun-web.xml, see The sun-web.xml File.
For general information about classloaders, see Classloaders.