Vermont Supreme Court Oral
the briefs, the Court determines whether the case will be
heard by the full Court or a three-justice panel. If
requested by a party, the Court grants oral argument,
although it may direct that a case will be considered on the
briefs without oral argument.
Cases assigned to
a three-justice panel generally involve fewer issues and/or
issues in which the applicable law is settled. The decision
of a three-justice panel must be unanimous and a short
written decision is issued in each case, usually within 48
hours of argument. Oral argument in these cases is limited
to five minutes per side. Parties may appear in person or by
video conference. A party planning to appear by video must
notify the Court no later than three business days before
the scheduled argument date. See
Oral argument in
cases heard by the full Court is generally for thirty
minutes, fifteen minutes per side. These cases are decided
after oral argument by written opinion.
schedule is generally available a month in advance of
argument on the Court’s website
Court Calendar . Audio recordings of past oral arguments
are also available below.