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Many news sources report that the Vermont Department for Children and Families, or DCF, is having to take responsibility for rapidly increasing numbers of children.

Last month in Windham County alone, one hundred and seventy eight children in state custody were placed with family members, in foster families, or in residential facilities. In addition, sixty two were living with their parents under Conditional Custody Orders – with DCF responsible for ensuring that those parents are complying with the court’s expectations.

In the News: Supreme Court building centennial celebrated

Celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of the Vermont Supreme Court Building

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A large assembly of the state’s top civic and legal leaders turned out Friday to celebrate the centennial of the Vermont Supreme Court building. 

Attendees included emcee of ceremonies Chief Justice Paul Reiber, Gov. Phil Scott, House Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Rep. Maxine Grad, and a host of county court justices from around the state. 

Governor Scott Announces Four Judicial Appointments

Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of four Vermonters to the State’s judiciary, filling existing vacancies. 

Vermont Supreme Court Establishes Judicial Commission On Family Treatment Dockets

Vermont Supreme Court Establishes Judicial Commission On Family Treatment Dockets

In response to the dramatic upsurge in child protection cases fueled by the opioid crisis, the Supreme Court of Vermont announced today the establishment of the Vermont Judicial Commission on Family Treatment Dockets. Members of the Commission include representatives from all three branches of state government, as well as representatives from the private sector.

Dear Prospective Jurors

The following letter appeared in the January 9th edition of the Rutland Herald and is reprinted here with permission.


Dear Prospective Jurors:

As I reflect on the year just completed, one thing that keeps coming to mind is my experience serving on a jury in the Rutland County Court. I was instructed to appear for the jury draw on May 23. I went with mixed feelings, willing to serve, yet not knowing what the commitment would entail, should I be selected. I suspect everyone showing up that day felt the same.

Slate: Vermont Supreme Court Protects the Rights of Same-Sex Parents and Their Children

Vermont Supreme Court Establishes Judicial Commission On Family Treatment Dockets

On Friday, the Vermont State Supreme Court handed down a significant decision in a child custody dispute between an estranged lesbian couple. The ruling in Sinnott v. Peck is one of many recent landmark state court decisions that protect same-sex parents’ rights and preserve the bonds between parents and their children.

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A Day is a Day: Changes in Vermont Procedural Rules Regarding Time Computation

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By Emily Wetherell

U.S. Supreme Court Electronic Filing System Begins 11/13

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On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court’s electronic filing system will begin operation. While paper will remain the official form of filing as under existing practice, parties represented by counsel will also be required to submit most documents through the new electronic filing system. Attorneys who expect to file documents electronically will need to register in advance for the system. Additional information is available here.

Vermont Judiciary Issues Request for Proposals to Support the Vermont Guardian ad Litem Program

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Judiciary seeks to partner with nonprofit organizations to recruit, train, and support volunteer Guardians ad Litem