Welcome to the civics education section of our website. This page features resources for students, parents, and teachers about the Vermont Judiciary and how government works.
The study of civics helps you understand how government works. It gives you knowledge about your rights as a citizen of the United States. Civics teaches you about the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government and why these three branches must work together to pass, enforce, and interpret the laws.
A Guide to the Vermont Judiciary
A Guide to the Vermont Judiciary will help you understand how the courts are organized and run. It also describes the work of the courts and the many programs and services they provide.
Meet the Justices
A chief justice and four associate justices constitute the Vermont Supreme Court. Justices are appointed by the governor. The justices have many responsibilities. They decide appeals from other state courts. They decide on the rules that the courts will use to guide their work. They oversee the running of the courts and how lawyers are licensed. They also make sure that judges and lawyers are properly doing their jobs. Learn more about the Supreme Court.
Former US Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor founded iCivics to inspire students to be active citizens. You can experience how government works by playing games that let you be a judge, a member of Congress, or even the president of the United States.
How a Bill Becomes a Law
The History of the Vermont Court System
The Vermont Judiciary may be over 200 years old, but it's still being worked on. Did you know the legislature restructured the judicial branch in 2010? This document will tell you how the Vermont Judiciary began and how it has evolved.
Visit the Supreme Court / Plan a Field Trip to Montpelier
Students can view the courtroom of the Supreme Court and sit in the justices' chambers while law clerks present an overview of the judicial branch of government. Students sixth grade and older participate in a mock trial that demonstrates civil and criminal law and courtroom procedures. Through this experience, students learn about ethics, civility, and professionalism; enhance their understanding of the law, court procedures, and the legal system; and improve proficiency in basic life skills, such as listening, speaking, reading, and reasoning. It may even stimulate their interest in a law-related career!
The United States Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court consists of the chief justice and a number of associate justices fixed by Congress. Currently, there are eight associate justice seats. The president has the power to nominate the justices, who are appointed with the advice and consent of the Senate. This website provides information about the current and past members of the court, decisions they have issued, and the Supreme Court building.
Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.The U.S. Department of Education provides Constitution Day resources for all grade levels.
Center for Civic Education
The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in California. The center’s programs are implemented with the assistance of a network of public- and private-sector organizations and educational leaders in every state and congressional district in the country and more than eighty other countries, many of which are emerging and advanced democracies. The Teacher Resources web page includes many resources, publications, and lesson plans.
Learn About the Electoral College
The National Archives' Electoral College web page provides information on the electoral college and the election responsibilities of the states and the archivist of the United States.
The White House
Which president served as a lieutenant colonel in the Spanish-American War? Who was the first Democrat elected after the Civil War? Who introduced Social Security? The Presidents web page on the White House website provides information about the current administration, past presidents, and how federal government works.