The chief superior judge assigns a presiding judge to each unit of the Vermont Superior Court. The presiding judge for each county unit determines the allocation of judicial resources between Civil, Criminal, and Family Divisions within the unit and may specially assign a superior judge within a division of the unit to preside over one or more cases in a different division. Judicial assignments are for a specific length of time, usually one year. They are subject to the approval of the Supreme Court. Depending on the size of a unit, individual judges may sit in specific divisions. In smaller units the same judge may sit in all divisions. The Environmental Division has statewide jurisdiction. The Judicial Bureau also has statewide jurisdiction.
The following are the judicial assignments for September 6, 2016 through September 4, 2017.
Judge Rotation Schedule
Note: (P) indicates the presiding judge.
|Primary Assignment||Backup Assignments|
|Orange Family, Criminal, Civil||Timothy Tomasi||Washington Unit|
|Windham Family||Karen Carroll (P)||Windsor Unit|
|Windham Civil||Michael Kainen||Caledonia and Essex Units|
|Windsor Family||Thomas Devine (P)||Washington Unit|
|Windsor Criminal||Theresa DiMauro||Rutland Unit|
|Windsor Civil||Robert Gerety||Caledonia and Essex Units|
|Addison Family, Criminal, Civil||Samuel Hoar (P)||Chittenden Unit|
|Bennington Family||David Howard (P)||Rutland and Windham Units|
|Bennington Criminal||William Cohen||Rutland Unit|
|Bennington Civil||John Valente||Rutland and Addison Units|
|Chittenden Juvenile CHINS, Criminal and Family||Alison Arms||Franklin and Grand Isle Units|
|Chittenden Criminal||James Crucitti (P)||Franklin and Grand Isle Units|
|Chittenden Family||Mary Morrissey||Franklin Unit|
|Chittenden Criminal||Dennis Pearson||Lamoille Unit|
|Chittenden Juvenile Delinquency, Criminal and Family||Kirstin Schoonover||Washington Unit|
|Chittenden Float||Nancy Waples||Washington Unit|
|Chittenden Civil||Robert Mello||Franklin and Grand Isle Units|
|Rutland Family||Nancy Corsones||Addison, Bennington, Windsor Units|
|Rutland Criminal||Cortland Corsones (P)||Addison and Bennington Units|
|Rutland Civil||Helen Toor||Chittenden Unit|
|Caledonia/Essex Family, Criminal, Civil||M. Kathleen Manley||Windsor Unit|
|Caledonia/Orleans/Essex Juvenile and Relief from Abuse||Robert Bent (P)||Orleans Unit|
|Franklin Family||Martin Maley (P)||Chittenden and Grand Isle Units|
|Franklin Criminal||A. Gregory Rainville||Chittenden and Grand Isle Units|
|Franklin Civil/Grand Isle Family, Criminal, Civil||Michael Harris||Rutland Civil Division|
|Lamoille Family, Criminal, Civil||Thomas Carlson (P)||Franklin and Grand Isle Units|
|Orleans Family, Criminal, Civil||Howard VanBenthuysen (P)||Caledonia and Essex Units|
|Washington Family||Kevin Griffin||Orange Unit|
|Washington Criminal||John Pacht||Chittenden Unit|
|Washington Civil||Mary Teachout (P)||Windsor and Lamoille Units|
|Northern Float||Thomas Zonay||Washington and Rutland Units|
Judicial Resources Within Units
- The presiding judge establishes a schedule for hearing termination of parental rights cases that includes all judges within the unit.
- Where there is a single presiding judge for multiple units (e.g., Caledonia/Orleans/Essex, Franklin/Grand Isle, Windsor/Orange), the presiding judge determines the appropriate allocation of judicial resources between the two units.
Shared Resources Between Units
- The second judge assigned to the Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans units presides over the juvenile and relief from abuse dockets in the three counties.
- The Chittenden unit and Franklin unit share a judge on a schedule as determined by the clerks with the assistance of the chief superior judge.
- A judge with a home court of Rutland is assigned one day a week to the Addison unit.
- The judge assigned to the Washington civil division is assigned 12 judge days per year to the Lamoille unit.
|Probate Judge||Primary Unit||In the Event of Unavailability, Case Assigned to the Judge in|
|Misse Smith||Addison||Chittenden, Rutland|
|D. Justine Scanlon||Bennington||Windham, Rutland, Addison|
|Toby Balivet||Caledonia||Orleans, Washington, Lamoille|
|Gregory Glennon||Chittenden||Addison, Franklin, Grand Isle|
|Allen Hodgdon||Essex||Caledonia, Orleans|
|Larry Bruce||Franklin||Chittenden, Addison, Grand Isle|
|Ned Spear||Grand Isle||Franklin, Chittenden|
|James Mahoney||Lamoille||Caledonia, Washington, Orleans|
|Bernie Lewis||Orange||Windsor, Washington|
|John Monette||Orleans||Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille|
|Kevin Candon||Rutland||Addison, Bennington|
|Jeffrey Kilgore||Washington||Lamoille, Orange, Caledonia|
|Joanne Ertel||Windsor||Orange, Windham|
|Robert Pu||Windham||Windsor, Bennington|
Pursuant to 4 V.S.A. §§ 37(b)(1)(C) and 355 and Administrative Order 18 § 4(a)(3):
Whenever the judge for the unit where the case is filed is unavailable due to disqualification or disability, the case may be assigned to a judge with a backup assignment for the unit where the judge is unavailable. (By way of example, if Judge Smith is unavailable to hear a case filed in Addison, the case may be assigned to the probate judge sitting in Chittenden or Rutland.)