About the Committee

The Supreme Court adopts the rules of practice and procedure for all state courts. The Supreme Court appoints advisory committees to assist in keeping the rules up-to-date. The tasks of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Public Access to Court Records include:

  • Reviewing the operation and effectiveness of the public access rules
  • Receiving proposals to change rules or adopt new rules
  • Making proposals to change rules or adopt new rules and sending the proposal to the Supreme Court
  • Sending proposed rules to the bar and public for comment and, when required, holding public hearings on proposed rules or rules changes
  • Receiving comments

Once a proposal has been sent out for comment, the committee may make further changes or may recommend that the Supreme Court adopt the change. The Supreme Court is responsible for promulgating any amendment.

Committee Members

Honorable Timothy B. Tomasi

Superior Judge, Chair

Honorable William D. Cohen

Associate Justice, Liaison from Supreme Court

Petra Halsema, Staff Attorney


Marcia SchelsChief Technology Innovation Officer

Laura LaRosa

Programs Manager

Honorable Benjamin Battles

Superior Judge

Michael J. Tarrant II, Esq.


Amanda Stites

Regional Superior Court Clerk

Tracy Shriver, Esq.


Mark Davis

Media Member

Tanya Marshall

State Archivist Member

Robert Paolini, Esq.

VBA Member

Jeannette Eicks

Professor of Law

Contact Information

Honorable Timothy B. Tomasi, Chair
Vermont Supreme Court
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0701