Afghan Women Judges

The VBA Women’s Division is seeking to help publicize efforts to aid Afghan women judges who are trying desperately to evacuate Afghanistan. Here’s an article about the emergency situation and below is information posted to the Women’s Division in VBA Connect, with additional details. Also please see this letter about the topic from Retired Judges…

Judge Zonay Named Chief Superior Judge

Chief Justice Reiber announced that Superior Court Judge Tom Zonay will succeed Chief Superior Judge Brian Grearson in that role effective upon Judge Grearson’s retirement on November 1. The announcement follows: Colleagues: Up to now I have had only the rare opportunity, if at all, to announce a change in the people central to the…

VT Legal Community Food Drive Launch

The fifth annual Legal Community Fighting Hunger Food Drive will be held starting Friday, September 3 through Friday September 17. If you or your firm or organization would like to participate in the food drive, here’s the 2021 Food Drive Participation Form, which is due by August 31. Here’s the 2021 Food Drive Announcement Letter…

Justice Beth Robinson Nominated to Second Circuit!

Congratulations to Justice Beth Robinson, who has been nominated by President Biden to the US. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Here’s a LINK to a VT Digger article about the nomination, a LINK to a statement that U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy issued about the nomination and a LINK to the White House’s official…

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…