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.

Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinions




April 15, 2016

May a newly appointed judge receive fees he personally earned from client accounts, to be collected during the winding-up of his interest in his former law firm and after he takes office? 2. May a newly appointed judge retain an interest in real estate co-owned with his former law partners and occupied by his former law firm?

April 30, 2015

Is it proper for a probate judge to accept an appointment to serve on a state council or commission such as the Vermont Rail Council?

April 29, 2015

Is a judge who is the first cousin once removed of a state's attorney required to recuse himself from cases in which the state's attorney or one of his deputies appear before him?

December 16, 2013

May an elected judge serve on the board of a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization established to improve prison programming and reduce the number of incarcerated persons if the judge does not participate in fundraising?

July 22, 2010

May a sitting judge run for election in one or more probate districts in addition to the judge's home probate district?

Committee Members

Eileen Blackwood, Esq.


Honorable Brian J. Grearson

Chief Superior Judge

Honorable Lawrence H. Bruce

Probate Judge

Honorable Brian Valentine


Ian Carleton, Esq.


Contact Information

Vicki Harty
Vermont Supreme Court
109 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05609