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Going to Court

For most people, going to court is a new experience. You will be better prepared to present your case if you understand the process. This page offers pointers to help you prepare for your court hearing.

Finding Legal Help

The law can be difficult, and some cases are too complicated to do without a lawyer. Your case may seem simple, but talking to a lawyer at the outset can be helpful. Even if you don’t hire a lawyer to represent you in court, a lawyer can give you advice tailored to your own case. This will help you better represent yourself.

Application to Waive Filing Fees and Service Costs

Most initial court filings and requests for relief require a filing fee. The court has an Application to Waive Filing Fees and Service Costs, sometimes called an Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis, that you can file if you feel you cannot afford the fees.

Filing Procedures

"Filing" means to give documents for a case to the court. You can bring or mail the documents to the court, file by email, or file documents electronically (e-file).

Getting a Marriage License

In Vermont the town clerk issues marriage licenses. If you want to get married and live in Vermont, contact the clerk in the town where you live. If you do not live in Vermont, you can contact any town clerk within the county in which the marriage will take place.

Asking to Reschedule a Court Date

The court gives parties advance notice of the date and time of your hearing or trial. Do not miss the hearing. The court may rule against the parties who are not at the hearing.  If you miss a hearing or trial in a criminal case, the court may issue an arrest warrant.

If you need to reschedule a hearing or trial, you must make the request in writing.