Bench & Bar Tour Seeks Input on Vermont’s Court System

It isn’t often you see the chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, the presiding judge of county Superior Court, the leaders of the state and county bar associations, other judges and local attorneys, and the state’s attorney in the same room.

Vermont Judiciary Receives Federal Grant to Expand Access to DUI Treatment Docket


The Vermont Judiciary is pleased to announce that it has secured a $1.9 million, five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These funds will support the Southeastern Regional DUI Court Docket – Treatment Expansion Project, which will increase access to and capacity in the existing Windsor Adult DUI Treatment Docket.

Proposed Rules on Possession and Use of Recording and Transmitting Devices in Courtroom and Courthouse

Vermont Supreme Court seal

The Vermont Supreme Court has sent out for comment proposed rules governing the use of recording and transmitting devices in the Supreme Court and all divisions of the superior court. The current rules on recording equipment in the courtroom focus primarily on the recording of court proceedings by news media using conventional cameras and audio equipment for broadcasting or publication.

Chief Justice Reiber named to lead two national court organizations.

Chief Justice Reiber named to lead two national court organizations.

Williamsburg, Va., Aug. 30, 2018 – Vermont Chief Justice Paul Reiber has been named president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Board of Directors. The one-year positions became effective August 22, during CCJ’s annual conference and NCSC’s Board of Directors meetings in Newport, R.I.

Information Concerning Superior Judge Vacancy




TO: Members of the Bar of the Vermont Supreme Court

FROM: John Evers, Esq., Chair

Judicial Nominating Board

SUBJECT: Information Concerning Superior Judge Vacancy

DATE: August 22, 2018

Vermont Public Radio - Becoming a Guardian ad Litem

Guardian ad Litem Vermont

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.

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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