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Judges must follow high ethical standards established by the Supreme Court in the Code of Judicial Conduct. The Judicial Conduct Board investigates complaints of judicial misconduct or disability and recommends any necessary action to the Vermont Supreme Court. Possible disciplinary actions include public reprimand of the judge, suspension for a part or the remainder of the judge's term of office, or retirement of the judge if physically or mentally disabled. The Court does not impeach judges. Only the General Assembly has the power to impeach.

The Supreme Court appoints the nine members of the board, and designates the chair and vice-chair. Three members are lawyers, three members are lay citizens and three members are judges.


Board Members
Steven A. Adler, Esq., Chair
Richard Goldsborough, Esq., Vice-Chair
Hon. William Cohen
Hon. David Howard
Hon. M. Kathleen Manley
Andrew H. Maass, Esq.
Norman Merrill, Ph.D.
Kelly Austin
Dr. Marcy E. Jones

Information


Chairman of the Board Address and phone:

Steven A. Adler, Esq.
Judicial Conduct Board
PO Box 189
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819-0189
802-748-8161

Public Hearing Calendar

Documents Concerning Hearing
Balivet, Ernest Tobias (Probate Judge)

Docket Number: JCB Docket No. 11.020
Status:

Supreme Court Entry Order (May 9, 2014)


Hearing Date and Time:
Hearing Location:


Rainville, A. Gregory

Docket Number: JCB Docket No. 13.001
Status:
Formal Complaint dated December 4, 2013
Disposition Report dated August 25, 2014 (Public Reprimand with Conditions for a period of 12 months)

Hearing Date and Time:
Hearing Location:


Bloom, Karl Barney (Assistant Judge)

Docket Number: JCB Docket No. 14.025
Status:
Formal Complaint Accepted by Assistant Judge Karl Barney Bloom on October 20, 2014.

Hearing Date and Time:
Hearing Location:



Decisions
To view the Closure Report Document please click on the Title of the document.
Closure ReportDocket
Number
Judge
Name
Canon
Involved
Date of
Disposition
Closure Summary
expand Year of Disposition: 2008
expand Year of Disposition: 2011
Judicial Demeanor and Real Property Ownership08.056, 10.004, 10.006Honorable Mark J. KellerCanon 4 Canon 4(D) Canon 3(B)(4); (E) (F)2/6/2011 (Public Reprimand)Judge reprimanded for inappropriate demeanor and ineffective disclosure of building ownership with lawyer tenants
Judicial Demeanor and Real Property Ownership10.006Honorable Mark J. KellerCanon 4; Canon 4(D) Canon 3(B)(4); (E) (F)2/6/2011 (Public Reprimand)Judge reprimanded for inappropriate demeanor and ineffective disclosure of building ownership with lawyer tenants
Allegations of Ethical Impropriety11.021AnonymousCanon 3(B)(4)6/22/2011 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Judicial Bias, Timeliness in Issuing a Decision11.024AnonymousCanon 3(B)(5) Canon 3(B)(8) Canon 26/22/2011 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Appellate Review Issues Rather Than Judicial Issues11.026AnonymousNone6/21/2011 (Dismissed)Dismissed
expand Year of Disposition: 2012
Multiple Cases Over an Unknown Period of Time Complain of Generalized Bias12.002AnonymousCanon 3(B)(5)8/20/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Multiple Cases Over an Unknown Period of Time Complain of Generalized Bias12.004AnonymousCanon 3(B)(5)8/20/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Multiple Cases Over an Unknown Period of Time Complain of Generalized Bias12.006AnonymousCanon 3(B)(5)8/20/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Dissatisfaction with Judge’s Ruling Rather than an Ethical Complaint12.008AnonymousN/A Appellate Issues Only3/16/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Allegations of Judicial Bias12.010AnonymousCanon 3(B)(5)6/13/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Allegation of Being Treated Unfairly12.014AnonymousCanon 3(B)(5)6/13/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Allegation of Improper Service of Notice of Hearing12.016AnonymousCanon 3(B)(8)6/13/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Judge Unfair to Pro Se Litigants12.018AnonymousCanons 2(A) Canon 3(B)(2), (5), (6), (7) & (8) Canon 3(D)(2) Canon 3(E)8/20/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Dissatisfaction with Judge’s Order12.020AnonymousCanon 3(B)(7)6/13/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Allegations of Substantive Error Rather than Judicial Misconduct12.022AnonymousCanons 3(B)(2), (4) & (5) 6/13/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Allegations of Substantive Error Rather than Judicial Misconduct12.024AnonymousCanon 3(B)(2)8/20/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Allegations of Substantive Error Rather than Judicial Misconduct12.026AnonymousCanon 3(B)(2)8/20/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Lack of Decipherable Information in Complaint12.028AnonymousCanon 3(B)(8)8/20/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Dissatisfaction with Results of Small Claims Hearing12.030AnonymousCanon 3 in general and Canon 3(B)(8)8/20/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Allegations of Substantive Error Rather than Judicial Misconduct12.032AnonymousCanon 3(B)(5)8/20/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Dissatisfaction with Rulings in Various Matters in Family Court12.034AnonymousCanon 3(B)9/25/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Allegations of Cruel and Unprofessional Behavior During Contested Probate Matter12.036AnonymousCanon 3(B)(4)9/25/2012 (Dismissed)Dismissed
expand Year of Disposition: 2013
Dissatisfaction with Ruling12.038AnonymousCanon 3(B)(2)2/25/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Dissatisfaction with Results of Termination of Parental Rights/Dissatisfaction with Attorneys12.040AnonymousCanon 32/25/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Dissatisfaction with Result of Small Claim Hearing12.042AnonymousCanon 3(B)(5) Canon 3(B)(8)6/13/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Dissatisfaction with Jurisdiction12.044AnonymousCanon 3(B)(2)2/25/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Dissatisfaction with the Executor of the Estate, the Executor’s Attorney and Ultimately with the Results of a Hearing12.046AnonymousCanon 2(B)(4)6/13/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Dissatisfaction with the Outcome of a Small Claims Matter12.048AnonymousCanon 36/14/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complainant Parent Is Unhappy with the Outcome of a Custody Battle. The Child Is in the Custody of a Grandparent13.003AnonymousCanon 3(B)(8)6/14/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complainant Is an Inmate Awaiting Trial in a Criminal Matter. Complainant Makes Various Allegations but Fails to Identify a Violation That Would Implicate Any Particular Canon13.005AnonymousNone6/14/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complainant Unhappy with Results of a Lengthy Contested Divorce Proceedings13.007AnonymousNone6/14/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complaint Alleges That a Judge Attempted to Initiate Ex-parte Contact13.009AnonymousCanon 3(B)(7)5/10/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complaint is the Result of Allegations of Intemperate Conduct by the Presiding Judge in the Context of an Arraignment13.011AnonymousCanon 3(B)(4)11/20/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complainant Alleges that a Judge Made Errors in Accepting His Change of Plea and in Sentencing Him13.013AnonymousNone6/14/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complaint is the Result of Nonspecific Allegations Which Failed to Identify the Unethical Conduct13.015AnonymousNone identified11/12/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complaint is the Result of Nonspecific Allegations Which Failed to Identify the Unethical Conduct13.017AnonymousNone identified11/12/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complaint is the Result of Nonspecific Allegations Which Failed to Identify the Unethical Conduct13.020AnonymousNone Identified11/12/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complaint Alleges that a Judge was Biased and "Colluded with Complainant's Ex-Wife."13.023AnonymousA.O. 10 Canon 3(B)(2), (5)11/14/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complaint is the Result of Nonspecific Allegations Which Failed to Identify the Unethical Conduct13.025AnonymousNone Identified11/12/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complaint is the Result of Nonspecific Allegations Which Failed to Identify the Unethical Conduct13.027AnonymousNone Identified11/12/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complainant Alleged that the Judge Failed to Follow the Rules of Criminal Procedure13.029AnonymousCanon 3(B)(2)11/12/2013 (Dismissed)Dismissed
expand Year of Disposition: 2014
Complaint Alleges that the Judge Lied and also that the Judge Knowingly Allowed the Victim to Testify Falsely13.019AnonymousCanon 1 Canon 2(A)2/17/2014 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complaint Raises a Number of Legal Issues but no Colorable Allegations of Ethical Misconduct13.031AnonymousNone Identified2/17/2014 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complaint is the Result of a Traffic Violation in Which a 17 Year Old was Cited and Included Allegations of Lack of Accommodation for Disability13.033AnonymousCanons 3(B)(4) & (5)2/17/2014 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complaint is the Result of a Small Claims Hearing in Which Complainant is Unhappy with Judge's Decision13.035AnonymousCanons 3(B)(3) & (5)2/17/2014 (Dismissed)Dismissed
Complaint is the Result of Nonspecific Allegations Which Failed to Identify the Unethical Conduct. Complainant Apparently was Dissatisfied with the Conditions of Release.13.037AnonymousNone Identified1/10/2014 (Dismissed)Dismissed