Vermont Superior Court
Each of Vermont's
14 counties has a Superior Court.
The Civil Division are trial courts
where civil matters such as breach of contract, eviction,
foreclosure, personal injury, land disputes, medical
malpractice and wrongful death cases are heard. Appeals from
the Probate Court are also heard in Civil Division. While
the Civil Division is not designed for pro se litigants
(persons representing themselves in court cases), there is
no prohibition against it. Persons appearing in the Civil
Division are expected to be familiar with the Vermont Rules
of Civil Procedure and with the Vermont Rules of Evidence.
The geographic jurisdiction for a Superior Court is the
county in which it is located.
The Civil Division also include
Small Claims Courts, which are designed for pro se litigants. Forms are provided
in Small Claims Court for persons to use in the small claims process. Cases with
money damages claims of up to $5,000 can be filed in Small Claims Court.
U.S. Passport applications are processed at most
Superior Courthouses throughout the state, although not all Superior Courts do
provide that service.