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Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure

Vermont Supreme Court

The Supreme Court promulgates rules of practice and procedure for all state courts. The Supreme Court appoints an advisory committee which reviews the operation and effectiveness of the Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure and the District Court Civil Rules. The committee receives proposals for changes in the rules and recommends to the Supreme Court any necessary changes in these rules. Proposed rules are circulated to the bar and public for comment and, when required, the committee holds public hearings concerning proposed rules or rules changes.

The ten members of the committee include seven lawyers, two trial court judges and 1 superior court clerk appointed by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court designates the chair of the committee. The Supreme Court also appoints a lawyer to serve as reporter for the committee. The reporter revises or drafts rules at the request of the committee or the Supreme Court. The reporter's notes, which are published in the Rules, explain the history and application of the Rules.


Allan Robinson Keyes, Esq., Chair
P.O. Box 310
Rutland, VT 05702-0310

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Allan Robinson Keyes, Esq., Chair
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Hon. Helen M. Toor, Superior Judge
Hon. Dennis R. Pearson, Superior Judge
Eric B. Avildsen, Esq.
James Dumont, Esq.
Eileen Blackwood, Esq.
Jean Giddings, Esq.
Kathleen Hobart, Lamoille Unit, Superior Court Clerk
Karen McAndrew, Esq.
William E. Griffin, Esq.
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Hon. Harold E. Eaton, Jr., Associate Justice
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Gregory Weimer, Esq.
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L. Kinvin Wroth, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School