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 Probate Procedure include:
- Reviewing the operation and effectiveness of the probate 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:
- Three probate judges
- A trust officer
- The chair of the Vermont Bar Association’s corresponding standing committee
- Six other members appointment by the Supreme Court
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.
Honorable Jeffrey Kilgore
Probate Judge, Chair
Honorable William D. Cohen
Associate Justice, Liaison from Supreme Court
Honorable Joanne Ertel
Probate Judge (Ret.), Reporter
Mark Langan, Esq.
Honorable Kathryn A.C. Kennedy
Honorable Fred Glover
Amy Menard, Esq.
Michael S. Gawne, Esq.
Justin Sheng, Esq.
Norman C. Smith, Esq.
Matthew Getty, Esq.
Honorable Jeffrey Kilgore, Chair
Washington Probate Division
65 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602