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Judicial Ethics Committee

Vermont Supreme Court

This five person committee of lawyers and judges does research and provides independent guidance to judges on issues that may violate the Code of Judicial Conduct. The Committee helps ensure that judges operate with the very high standards of ethical behavior that the public has a right to expect.


Douglas Pierson, Esq., Chair
253 South Union Street
Burlington, VT  05401

Judicial Ethics Committee
Advisory Opinions

Opinon No. 110/11/95Participation of assistant judge in political caucuses or meetings
Opinion 24/22/97Participation by judge in organization that arbitrarily excludes members on the basis of a "protected" characteristic
Opinion No. 311/10/97Duty of a judge to report a crime
Opinon No. 410/28/97Financial contributions made by a judge to a legal services organization
Opinion No. 2827-17/6/98Service by a judge or assistant judge on a governmental commission
Opinion 2827-2 10/27/98Disqualification of assistant judge sitting in cases prosecuted by county sheriff or sheriff deputies
Opinion No. 2827-32/4/99Testimony by a sitting judge regarding standards of judicial conduct at a hearing before the Judicial Conduct Board
Opinon No. 2827-410/19/99Testimony of a judge at administrative hearing of bail bondsman
Opinion No. 2827-5 10/1/02Testimony of a judge before retention of another judge
Opinion 2827-63/12/03Judge signing a petition or soliciting signatures for petition, Judge’s private action as protected free speech, Participation by judge in peace vigil
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Douglas Pierson, Esq., Chair
Hon. Lawrence H. Bruce
Hon. Theresa S. DiMauro
Hon. Brian J. Grearson
Stephen A. Dardeck, Esq