Odyssey Public Contacts List Clean-Up Request

One of the primary issues e-filers have had using the Odyssey system has been duplicative and erroneous information inadvertently entered into the “Public Contacts List” used for the “File and Serve” function of service in Odyssey.  It wasn’t made clear until the recent amendments to the Vermont Rules of Electronic Filing and training associated with…

New Courthouse COVID Protocols Effective July 6

New Courthouse COVID Protocols Effective July 6 The Judiciary has announced new Courthouse COVID protocols for Vermont state courthouses, effective Tuesday, July 6. Please find this message of July 1 from CAO Pat Gabel to the Judiciary, generally explaining the protocols. (There was a delay with making the announcement to the bar because of overlapping…

License Renewal Deadline Extended

Court Administrator Patricia Gabel issued a Memo to the Bar on June 30 linked HERE, referencing an emergency order linked HERE amending Section 2 of AO 41. The amendment extends the deadline for renewing licenses from July 1 to August 17, 2021. “For those attorneys required to renew their license for the 2021-2023 reporting period,…

Judiciary Update – COVID Measures

Court Administrator Patricia Gabel issued a Memo to the Bar on June 18 with an update on COVID measures in the courthouses including masks, in-person hearings, clerk windows, non-HVAC courthouses, CO2 monitors and plexiglass. Click HERE for the Memo. Regarding the Special Advisory Committee on Remote Hearings referenced in the Memo, there will be four…

VT State of Emergency Ends

The state of emergency in Vermont first announced by Governor Scott on March 13, 2020 will end effective midnight, June 15. A number of bills and emergency measures contain provisions geared to the duration of the state of emergency, including evictions and foreclosure moratoriums and the civil statute of limitations. Bills allowing the remote executions…

Howard Kalfus Appointed as Superior Court Judge

Governor Scott announced the appointment of Judicial Bureau Hearing Officer Howard Kalfus as the newest Superior Court Judge, filling the spot left vacant following Justice Bill Cohen’s appointment to the Supreme Court last year. Here’s a LINK to the press announcement. Pictures from the private June 23 swearing-in ceremony at the statehouse are below.

Odyssey Court Users Group Reinstated

An “Odyssey Court Users Group” was created last summer in response to Act 120, to meet with the Judiciary about Odyssey concerns in order to report to the Legislature last October. The Group included bar representatives from each of the dockets and different court user groups. One of the recommendations in the Act 120 report…

Per Filing E-Filing Fee Eliminated

We are pleased to report that the Judiciary and Tyler Technology have negotiated a modification of their contract to eliminate the “per envelope” e-filing fee effective April 1, 2021. In its place, a one-time “per filing party” e-filing fee of $14.00 will be implemented, also effective April 1, 2021. The “per filing party” fee will…