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 the Rules of Criminal Procedure include:

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

The committee includes:

  • The attorney general or designee approved by the Supreme Court
  • The defender general or designee approved by the Supreme Court
  • The chair of the Vermont Bar Association corresponding standing committee
  • One superior court clerk
  • Eight other members, including three superior judges and one state's attorney

The Supreme Court designates the chair of the committee. The Supreme Court also appoints a reporter for the committee. The reporter revises or drafts rules at the request of the committee or the Supreme Court. The reporter's notes, which are published in the rules, explain the history and application of the rules.

Committee Members

Honorable John R. TreadwellSuperior Judge, Chair
Honorable Nancy J. WaplesAssociate Justice, Liaison from Supreme Court
Honorable Walter M. Morris, Jr. (Ret.)Reporter
Domenica Padula, Esq.Attorney General Designee
Rebecca Turner, Esq.Defender General Designee
Daniel H. Maguire, Esq.VBA Member
Kelly WoodwardVictims Advocate Liaison (nonvoting)
Mimi Brill, Esq.Member
Honorable Mary MorrisseySuperior Judge
Honorable Alison S. ArmsSuperior Judge
Devin McLaughlin, Esq.Member
Gaye PaquetteSuperior Court Clerk
Francis Twarog, Esq.Member
Ian Sullivan, Esq.State’s Attorney
Jessica Burke, Esq.Member

Contact Information

Honorable John R. Treadwell
Chair, Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure
Windsor Criminal Division
82 Railroad Row
White River Junction, VT 05001