About the Committee

The Probate Division Oversight Committee is an advisory board to the Vermont Supreme Court. This committee makes recommendations about administrative and judicial matters in the probate division. Its work helps to promote the vision of the Vermont Judiciary for a fair, well-managed, and impartial court system. Issues the committee reviews include:

  • Changes or additions to family statutes and rules
  • Efficiency and consistency in scheduling, calendaring, and case-flow management in every courthouse
  • Improvements to probate division policy, procedures, and forms
  • Concerns about the division from members of the judiciary, legislature, judicial rules committee, and legal associations

The thirteen members of the committee serve three-year terms. Two members are lawyers in private practice with experience in probate matters.

Committee Members

Honorable Joanne Ertel

Probate Judge, Chair

Honorable Marilyn S. Skoglund

Associate Justice, Liaison from Supreme Court

Shari Young, Esq.

Juvenile Court Improvement Manager, Court Administrator's Designee

Honorable Brian J. Grearson

Chief Superior Judge

Honorable James R. Dean Mahoney

Probate Judge

Honorable Thomas J. Devine

Superior Judge

Honorable Justine Scanlon

Probate Judge

Anne Damone

Superior Court Clerk

Margaret Villeneuve

Court Operations Manager

Maegan May-Caron

Probate Register

Suzanne Bushee

Probate Register

Nancy Brieden, Esq.

Attorney Designee

Norman C. Smith, Esq.

Attorney Designee

Contact Information

Vicki Harty, Program Administrator
Office of Chief Superior Judge
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT