Pursuant to Chapter II, §§ 30 and 37, of the Vermont Constitution, the
Supreme Court issues the following order effective February 7, 1983: 0
§ 1. An Advisory Committee on the Rules of
Evidence of ten members is established consisting of two Superior and/or
District Court Judges, the chair of the Vermont Bar Association corresponding
standing committee (to the extent that one exists), and seven other members to
be appointed by the Supreme Court. Initial appointments shall be for staggered
terms - three members for three years, two members for two years and two members
for one year. The initial appointments of the judges shall be for one three-year
term and one two-year term. Thereafter appointment shall be for a three-year
term. No member shall serve for more than three consecutive terms or parts
thereof. Whenever a member resigns or the office is otherwise vacant, the
Supreme Court shall appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term. The chair
shall be designated by the Supreme Court.
§ 2. The members of the Committee shall be
reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses related to the performance of
their duties and shall receive per diem compensation equivalent to that provided
by law for comparable boards and commissions. The Commissioner of Finance and
Management shall pay from the judicial appropriation all expenses of the
Committee when claims are submitted on proper vouchers approved by the Court
§ 3. The Committee shall continually review
the operation and effectiveness of the Vermont Rules of Evidence and shall
recommend to the Supreme Court amendment to those rules or other appropriate
actions which it finds advisable.
§ 4. The Committee shall meet at least once
a year and shall report to the Supreme Court annually on or before the first
Tuesday of October and at other times which the Committee finds advisable.
§ 5. Pursuant to Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 11, the Committee shall give proper public notice and opportunity to comment relative to any report of proposal of, or amendment to, any rule. Any individual having proposals for amendment of the Vermont Rules of Evidence or any other proposals for change by statute, rule, or otherwise in Vermont evidence law is requested to forward them, in writing, to the Court Administrator, or to the chairman or a member of the Advisory Committee for consideration. Adopted Dec. 28, 1982, eff. Feb. 7, 1983; amended Jan. 27, 2000, eff. May 1, 2000.