Vermont's Public Records Act, 1 V.S.A. sec 315-320, provides a broad right of access to public records, but it also upholds citizens' personal privacy as well as legitimate government interests. Rules such as the Rules for Public Access to Court Records and the Rules Governing Dissemination of Electronic Case Records help protect privacy rights and governmental interests. You may be denied access to certain court records if reviewing the document(s) would be in violation of those rules.

Requests for Court Records

Most court records reside in the local court clerk's office. To review a case file or request copies of documents in a case file, please contact the court where the case was filed using the form below.

If you have been denied access to a court record, you may file an appeal of that decision using the form found here: 

Fees for Copies of Court Records

Visit the Court Fees webpage to find the cost of obtaining copies of court records.

Rules for Public Access to Court Records

You may wish to review the Rules for Public Access to Court Records before you contact the court. You can find the rules here

After you hit the link above, scroll down to "Vermont" and click "Vermont Court Rules." In the pop-up box, you must agree to the terms and conditions before you can go on to the list of statutes. Once there, scroll down and click on "Rules for Public Access to Court Records."

Rules Governing Dissemination of Electronic Case Records

You may also wish to review the Rules Governing Dissemination of Electronic Case Records before submitting your request. In the pop-up box, you must agree to the terms and conditions before you can go on to the list of statutes. Once there, scroll down and click on "Rules Governing Dissemination of Electronic Case Records."

Requests for Administrative Records or Statewide Data

To request an administrative record or to request statewide court data, please submit your request in writing to:

Court Administrator’s Office
111 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602