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Going to Court

This page provides general information about how to get ready for your court hearing, and what to expect on your hearing day. 

Finding Legal Help

You have the right to represent yourself in court. Many people represent themselves because they believe they can't afford an attorney, or because they think they can handle their case on their own.

A person handling their own court case without an attorney is sometimes called a "self-represented litigant" or "pro se litigant" (pronounced pro say). Pro se is Latin for "in one's own behalf." 

Even if you plan to represent yourself, it is a good idea to talk to an attorney. The Finding Legal Help web page provides information about the ways you can find legal help and information. 

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.