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Statutes and Rules: PROPOSEDVRCP4(b)-5(h)+forms



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Proposed Amendments to Rules 4(b), 4(l)(3)(H), 5(h), and Forms 1, 1B, 28 and 29 of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure 

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The proposed amendments to Rules 4(b) and 4(l)(3)(H) addresses a problem that arises frequently with the increase of self-representation that courts do not have proper contact information for self-represented defendants.  These amendments require the plaintiff to include with the summons a blank Notice of Appearance form.  Self-represented defendants must complete the form to provide contact information to the court and to comply with V.R.C.P. 79.1(d).
The proposed amendment to Rule 5(h) also addresses a problem resulting from the increase in self-represented parties, who are unfamiliar with the service requirement of V.R.C.P. 5(a).  This amendment requires the parties to file a certificate of service when filing any document with the court.
The proposed amendments to Form 1 and Form 1B alert a self-represented defendant that he or she must complete and file Form 28 (Notice of Appearance for Self-Represented Litigant).  The proposed amendment of Form 1C (Waiver of Service of Summons) provides for submission of Form 28.  Proposed Form 29 is a Certificate of Service.

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Created at 6/12/2014 9:44  by Laferriere, Deb 
Last modified at 7/1/2015 6:56  by Laferriere, Deb